The natural gas meter may be the textbook example of something that is said to be “hidden in plain sight.” Every structure – from house to hospital and grocery store to commercial warehouse – that uses natural gas as the feedstock for its furnaces, stoves or water heaters has at least one of the (usually) gray boxes bolted to its exterior.
The pipeline safety act signed by President Obama last week after being unanimously passed in both the House and Senate gives the secretary of Transportation the power to quickly issue emergency orders for the pipeline industry if an incident exposes a widespread problem.
America’s drive to remove its dependence on foreign energy sources significantly relies upon a safe and affordable conversion to natural gas. Public and private fleet vehicles continue to migrate to the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) as this cleaner-burning fuel offers lower fuel costs and lower emissions.
A Kansas breeze rattles Brad Livingston. A simple billow unsettles the retired laborer from Colorado Interstate Gas, when recalling a day unlike any other. “I’m fortunate I’ve never had a single nightmare being inside that fireball,” he said of Friday, Sept. 20, 1991.