Indianapolis: Snapshot of natural gas leaks under the streets

Leaked natural gas — mostly methane — is a powerful contributor to climate change.

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Our readings indicated an average of about one leak for every 200 miles we drove.

Readings are from June 2013 and may not reflect current leaks, due to repairs or other changes.

If you ever smell gas, or have any reason to suspect a problem, experts say to immediately exit the building or area, then call the authorities. For more see the Citizens safety page.

About Indianapolis' natural gas infrastructure

  • Utility: Citizens Energy Group, a public charitable trust. This structure lets Citizens invest more in infrastructure upgrades. Most leaks don’t pose an immediate threat to safety or health, but some can. We have shared this data with Citizens.

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  • Pipe materials: Corrosive piping makes up less than 1% of the distribution system.
  • What’s notable: Most leaks reported to Citizens are due to pipeline damage from unauthorized digging. Live in Indianapolis? Visit before you dig.

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Indianapolis has emerged as a leader in preventing harmful methane leaks, thanks to the efforts of the city and Citizens Energy Group. Now, it’s time for other Indiana cities and utilities to follow their lead.

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