Obama Administration proposes safety valves for natural gas lines

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2012 file photo, inspectors assess damage around the area of a gas explosion that leveled a strip club in Springfield, Mass. on Nov. 23. The Obama administration moved Wednesday, July 8, 2015 to significantly expand a requirement for utilities to install inexpensive safety valves on natural gas lines across the U.S. to reduce the risk of deadly explosions. An Associated Press investigation in 2012 uncovered more than 270 accidents dating to 1968 that could have been prevented or made less dangerous if the valves had been in place, including the 2012 Springfield blast.(AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Obama Administration is working to reduce the amount of deadly gas explosions across America.

In 2012, a natural gas explosion injured 17 people on Worthington Street. Now, President Obama wants to make sure these incidents stop happening.

The Obama Administration moved to expand a requirement for utilities to install inexpensive safety valves on natural gas lines across the county. The National Transportation Department proposal would cover new or replaced gas lines for homes and small businesses. About 180,000 automatic valves would be installed annually under this rule.

The National Transportation Board and other safety advocates have been trying for years to put these valves on more properties to decrease the risk of an explosion.

The Associated Press did a study, and found that having these cheap valves installed could have prevented more than 270 accidents over the last 47 years. They say these valves could also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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