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  •  Don't forget leakage in the distribution pipes (1+ / 0-)
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    icemilkcoffee

    A lot of natural gas is lost in old city distribution pipes.  National Grid has been replacing a lot of the pipes under the streets around the Boston, but they're about 50 years late; previous owners of the gas grid just ignored it.  It got so bad that the city reported that quite a lot of our shade trees were dying because leaking methane had pushed the oxygen that the roots need out of the soil!

    A lot of leaks are obvious, though.  Drive from Watertown to Boston along the Charles, on Nonantum Road, and in some places the mercaptan warning-smell is ever-present and strong. This is just a sign of how the US has neglected infrastructure in favor of short-term cheap energy prices.

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