Saturday, January 9, 2016
Gas lines need replacement, pronto
From CBS 2:
From the city to the suburbs, thousands of miles of some of the country’s oldest and decaying gas mains lay just below the surface of our streets.
As CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported, experts said the consequences could be dangerous or devastating.
In the early 20th century, there were new roads, rails, and an underground system delivered gas to buildings around New York.
More than 100 years later the landscape has drastically changed — but some of those exact same mains are still delivering our gas today.
A Con Edison spokesperson told CBS2 that since 2014 the company has been replacing old mains at a rate of 65 miles per year, a number that is expected to increase to 100 miles in 2016.
PSEG said it too has been prudently replacing old mains and will triple its rate of replacement to 510 miles this year.