Con Edison is taking several steps to further enhance the safety of its natural gas distribution system in parts of New York City and Westchester County. These steps include significantly increasing patrols of the company’s 4,300 miles of gas mains; working with outside experts to quantify methane emissions, and providing greater transparency over gas leak monitoring and repair.
To help identify gas leaks sooner and prevent major incidents, the company said it has dramatically increased its system-wide patrols of gas mains from once per year to 13 times per year, an average of at least one per month.
Con Edison is working with EDF (www.edf.org/), gas measurement experts and other utilities to develop new strategies to quantify methane emissions from non-hazardous gas leaks. The purpose of this initiative is to prioritize the repair of such leaks, with the goal of accelerating a reduction in the rate of methane emissions from Con Edison’s gas distribution system.
To promote greater education about gas leaks and how the company addresses them, Con Edison has created an online gas map (www.coned.com/gasmap) that provides the location of current gas leaks on its system, along with data indicating the severity of the leaks.
Con Edison reminds customers to call 911 or 1-800-75CONED immediately if they smell gas, and to call from a safe location away from the gas odor. Follow this link to learn what to do if you smell gas: http://bit.ly/1vnBqtN