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Our nation’s aging infrastructure is creating many problems from traffic issues to safety issues. When it pertains to natural gas, the aging infrastructure is resulting in gas explosions and in some cases death. Here are some eye opening facts related to the safety concerns of natural gas distribution within the United States:
About every other day over the past decade, a gas leak in the United States has destroyed property, hurt someone or killed someone, a USA TODAY Network investigation finds. The most destructive blasts have killed at least 135 people, injured 600 and caused $2 billion in damages since 2004.
The death toll includes:
• The explosion that leveled part of a New York City block in East Harlem in March, killing eight and injuring 48 more.
• A blast that flattened the concrete floors of an apartment building in Birmingham, Ala., killing one woman in December.
• A flash fireball in 2012 that left an Austin man dead, a scarred foundation where his house once stood and debris strewn across yards of his neighbors.
source: USA Today – http://www.usatoday.com/longform/news/nation/2014/09/23/gas-pipes-cast-iron-deaths-explosions-investigation/15783697/
If your home is heated with oil and you are considering a conversion to gas, think twice. Get all of the facts prior to making the change.