News Ticking Time Bomb Below N.Y. City Streets....

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    CBS2 Investigates: Experts Say Decaying Gas Lines Are A Ticking Time Bomb Below City Streets

    January 8, 2016 11:32 PM


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    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — 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.

    “That infrastructure is way past its service life, which is dangerous,” natural gas expert Mark McDonald said.

    McDonald, who investigates gas explosions, said aging mains like the ones we have in the northeast are at greater risk for cracks and ultimately leaks.

    He pointed to a string of accidents across the country, the largest of which happened in Northern California in 2010, it killed nine people and destroyed property.

    “Her house was at the epicenter where the gas line exploded,” Kimberly Archie said.

    Archie’s best friend’s home was destroyed in the blast.

    Her friend’s loss inspired Archie, a documentary maker, to investigate and chronicle gas explosion cases.

    “You can have a ticking time bomb under your house and you don’t even know it,” Archie said.

    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 the future.

    PSEG said it too has been prudently replacing old mains and will triple its rate of replacement to 510 miles this year.

    Adam Forman with the non-profit group Center For Urban Future said the new lines have decreased leaks by 30 percent, but many neighborhoods may still be vulnerable.

    “It’s the oldest parts, so northern Manhattan, the Bronx,” Forman said.

    Both PSEG and Con Edison said they’re doing more to check for leaks.

    “It essentially would involve having a specialized truck drive down city streets. It’s not a big ordeal, and it will identify gas leaks just by driving over the main,” McDonald said.

    Con Ed said it increased these surveys from once a year to thirteen times a year. Critics said the number should be even higher.

    You may also want to consider installing a gas detector in your home.
     
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    ...but keep government out of private business. this is a perfect example of business needing govt to 1, tell them what to do and 2, help them fix it. too large an undertaking for any city and too big a safety risk to look the other way. the infrastructure of this country has been failing for years, bridges and overpasses falling down and people dying while govt does nothing.

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    Infrastructure is falling apart, don't worry, be happy...
     
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    We have the same problem here in Los Angeles, only its our water mains. Seems like a break every other week somewhere.

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    ...this morning npr did a story about the stench in la habra from bird and seal shit. the city isnt doing anything to clean it up and the business owners say its driving tourists away.
     
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    The only thing i smelled yesterday was smoke. The local denny's roof caught on fire and it took
    the fire dept. a while to put it out.
     
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    ...yeah i saw that, dead center kitchen fire.
     
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    How would seal shit be a problem in La Habra? :scratch:

    That's a good 20 miles from the ocean.
     
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    ...im trying to find the story to post. i dont know the area so i couldnt say.
     
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    where i live in SE florida, everything (the infrastructure)is pretty new and they're always working on pipes and roads. thanks to a republican governor!!!!!!!!!
    i don't have to worry about anything except a mammoth tidal wave.
     
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    With the oil and gas industry it's like this all over the US. It's cheaper for them to let there pipes leak or rupture and pay the fines than to modernize or replace them. They don't do it unless they're forced.
     
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    ...its a completely different issue when people are sitting on time bombs. a leaky water pipe is one thing but we've already seen a couple of really large explosions because of this, one of them near the airport in san francisco. since these pipes are old and corroded the govt needs to order and help the oil and gas industry all over the usa correct it. makes no sense to build a country and an economy above gas pipes ready to rupture. even an ignorant politician can figure that out.
     
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    "Lets just keep spending tax money on welfare ... the infrastructure will take care of itself. I mean when the last time you got a vote from a gasline? I'm not talking to you Chicago."
     
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    It happens. Things rot, especially when you bury it underground
     
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    It was just a blast of gas from Howard Sterns ass!