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Harlem Building Collapse Highlights America’s Dangerously Old Gas Infrastructure


The deadly explosion started with a leak in a gas pipe, one part of the nation’s enormous and aging gas system.

A gas leak in New York City morphed into a deadly explosion Wednesday, claiming at least three lives and destroying two buildings while injuring dozens of other residents. How old the pipe was that runs beneath that part of an old neighborhood—and exactly how the leak started—remain unclear. Some academics, however, say it’s clear that much of America’s aging gas infrastructure needs to be replaced, regardless of what happened in Harlem…Please click here to read Katy Steinmetz’s story in Time Magazine.

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