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Looking For Leaks: How Likely Is A Gas Explosion In Boston?08:03

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Friday's natural gas explosion in Springfield damaged 42 buildings and was the result of a utility worker who — having responded to a call about a gas odor — accidentally punctured a high-pressure pipeline.

Last week, Beth Daly of The Boston Globe reported on a recent Boston University study that found that the city is peppered with more than 3,300 gas leaks.

Could a blast such as what happened in Springfield happen in Boston just as easily? Is the pipeline infrastructure in our city adequate? To explore these questions and more, Nathan Phillips — lead researcher of the BU study on Boston's gas leaks — joins Radio Boston.



This segment aired on November 26, 2012.

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