Boston, which houses some of the oldest pipelines in the country, must “exhaust every safety option,” says one city councilor after fires and gas leaks wreaked havoc on communities across the Merrimack Valley last week.
City Councilors Matt O’Malley, Ed Flynn and Ayanna Pressley will today present an order for a hearing to examine the city’s gas infrastructure and look to address prevention of gas leaks and preparedness for emergency response.
“The purpose isn’t to create a panic,” said O’Malley. “But obviously what happened last week in Merrimack Valley was beyond chilling.”
According to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Boston Gas Co., which operates under National Grid, has the third-most miles of old cast-iron mains in the country. It has replaced just 14 percent of those mains from 2012 to 2017.
O’Malley, who says he’s looked into the city’s gas infrastructure for a long time now, says every level of government is working to address the issue, and says there needs to be more public awareness. (read more)
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