Gas leaks that are a distance from buildings didn’t used to have to be repaired. That’s all hopefully changing.
From Christian Wade, who covers the Massachusetts Statehouse for The Salem News:
A recent Boston University study of 100 gas leaks in Greater Boston found that about 15 percent of those categorized as nonhazardous, “Grade 3” leaks are actually more serious Grade 1 leaks, [Audrey Schulman] said…
…Rep. Lori Ehrlich, D-Marblehead, primary sponsor of the gas-leak measure, said utilities are focused on replacing old pipes rather than fixing leaks, which is slowing the process.
Consumers are unfairly saddled with the cost, she said.
“For the ratepayers, replacement is far more expensive than repair,” said Ehrlich. “This bill puts the focus back on repairs.”