Boston’s leaky pipes release high levels of heat-trapping methane

23 enero 2015

A research team estimates that each year about 15 billion cubic feet of natural gas, worth some $90 million, escapes the Boston region’s delivery system. The findings have implications for other regions, especially cities that, like Boston, are older and rely on natural gas for a significant and increasing portion of their energy needs. While policymakers have focused on the production end of the natural gas supply chain–wells, off-shore drilling platforms, and processing plants–much less attention has been paid to the downstream gas delivery infrastructure.