A day after a Boston University report revealed thousands of natural gas leaks under Boston, U.S. Rep. Ed Markey Wednesday asked the federal agency in charge of pipeline safety why it has not required pipeline companies to supply data on risk assessments and inspection and maintenance plans for aging pipelines.
“This study shows that we need a plan to ensure leaks from aging natural gas pipelines in Boston and other cities and communities are repaired, so that we can conserve this important natural resource, protect the consumers from paying for gas that they don't even use, and prevent emissions of greenhouse gases into the environment,” Markey wrote in a letter to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. “We shouldn’t wait until a worst-case scenario occurs before we act to protect consumers, citizens and the environment.”
Markey said because the agency does not adequately define what hazardous leaks are, or exactly how quickly they need to be repaired, "leaks that have a high risk of becoming hazardous could be left unrepaired for years."
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