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July 17, 2014

Fewer gas leaks found in cities with new pipes for natural gas

  • One study showed Boston and Staten Island averaged one leak per each mile mapped. In Indianapolis there was only one for every 200 miles mapped.
    AP Science Writer

    WASHINGTON — Cities such as Indianapolis that regularly replace old natural gas lines have significantly fewer leaks than older urban areas where they don't, like Boston and New York City's Staten Island, according to a new study by Google and an environmental group.

    Using a gas-sniffing device attached to Google's city-mapping cars and new statistical calculations that determine rough leak rates, the Environmental Defense Fund measured the key component, methane, in the streets of the three cities.

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