By James Osborne, Houston Chronicle (Sept. 4, 2023)
“This represents a sharp shift from decades of U.S. natural gas policy, which has long allowed gas companies to leave small leaks to go unrepaired, said Bill Caram, executive director of the watchdog group Pipeline Safety Trust.
‘There was an understanding before if an operator knew a pipeline was leaking, but it didn’t pose a threat of explosion they could allow it to continue to leak,” he said. “The current regulations haven’t been modernized in decades, and the technology has come a long way since then. And we know so much more about the impacts of methane than we did then.'”