Firefighter Response to Natural Gas Leaks and Emergencies

By James R. Kutz Photos by Dennis Wetherhold Natural gas leaks and explosions are growing problems across the country; aging infrastructure is one of the reasons for this growth. The Northeast region of the United States has the oldest infrastructure in the country. These gas pipelines have naturally degraded over a long time and desperately need to be replaced. In light of the current recession and crippled economy, it is unlikely this problem will be fixed in the near future. Even if the money were available, it likely would take many years to dig up and replace all the old gas lines across the nation. There are 2.5 million miles of pipelines nationwide; in Pennsylvania alone, there ar...

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