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Discussing the Threat Posed by Aging Natural Gas Lines

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In the last 10 years, accidents involving gas distribution lines killed more than 120 people and injured more than 500. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter Mike Wereschagin discusses his recent series on the complications, dangers and costs of managing gas lines that are, in some cases, 100 years old.

Wereschagin explains that dealing with the aging pipe infrastructure isn’t as simple as you might assume. Replacing gas lines includes sensitive security concerns, safety issues, and huge financial costs.

Wereschagin reports that while some communities in Pennsylvania are already seeing substantial updates in their gas lines, other areas are having to wait for new natural gas infrastructure.