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May 19th, 2016:

Ongoing Gas Leaks Continue Throughout Western Mass.

American Energy Coalition - May 19th, 2016

Hundreds of natural gas lines are leaking throughout western Massachusetts, according to a recent report by WWLP 22News.

22News dug into what’s really going on here and found each gas leak on this list is graded according to state regulations.

  • Grade 1 is hazardous and is required to be repaired immediately.
  • Grade 2 is listed as “non-hazardous” but could potentially become a hazard. Grade 2 leaks must be fixed within one year.
  • Grade 3 leaks are labeled non-hazardous and are not expected to become a hazard, but are supposed to be re-evaluated at least once a year for as long as the leak lasts.

One-hundred-and-thirty-nine leaks in western Massachusetts are listed as Grade 2, including 52 in Springfield, 32 in Chicopee, 10 in Agawam, and 10 in Northampton.

To read the WWLP article, click here.

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