Gas Leaks in D.C.

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Researchers from Duke and Boston Universities have warned the District of Columbia that the city has a serious gas problem that is affecting air quality and could result in deadly explosions if not corrected.

    Gas leaks are an ongoing problem in our nation’s capital.  Scientists from Duke and Boston Universities warn that there are almost 6,000 natural gas leaks in the District of Columbia.  And that’s no bueno.  These leaks could pose an explosion risk with some manholes having 10 times the amount of methane concentrations than the explosion threshold.  And let’s just say the air quality ain’t great.  The researchers reported these leaks upon finding them, but were surprised and disappointed to find them again four months after reporting them to officials.  Natural gas pipeline failures cause an average of 17 fatalities, 68 injuries, and $133 million in property damage each year.  Fixing them would improve air quality, increase consumer health and safety, and save money.