August 2013, Vol. 240 No. 8

In The News

Markey Reports Gas Pipeline Leaks in MA Led To $150 Million In Lost Gas Per Year

Sen. Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts released a report on Aug. 1 on the state of gas distribution pipeline leaks in that state, using it as a case study for the country as a whole. The report, prepared by congressional staff, found that $1.5 billion worth of natural gas was lost in Massachusetts between 2000-2011 and blamed leaky distribution pipelines for most of the loss. Extrapolating from the Massachusetts data, the report estimated nationwide costs at $20 billion from 2000-2011 for gas that was unaccounted for. “Consumers are already paying expensive energy bills. They shouldn’t have to pay for billions of dollars in fuel that never even makes it to their h

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