Lawmakers look to force gas leak repairs

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BOSTON (AP) — State lawmakers are considering a measure that would require natural gas distribution companies to take immediate action to plug serious natural leaks.

The legislation scheduled for debate in the Senate on Thursday would identify and prioritize gas leaks.

Grade 1 leaks would be those considered to pose the most serious and imminent danger to people and property. They would have to be repaired immediately.

Grade 2 leaks, while not considered to pose an immediate threat, would have to be repaired within 12 months of detection.

Gas companies would also be required to give top priority to any pipeline repairs within close proximity to a school.

A similar version of the bill won approved from the House in February.

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