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Fossil Fuel Heated Homes Blowing Up – In the past 2 weeks 2 fossil fuel heated homes have blown up in Lackawanna, just South of Buffalo and near Old Forge in the Adirondacks. Central NY News has a 1 minute video of the Old Forge explosion and reports “No one was home at the time of the explosion, but two landscapers working in a neighboring home sustained minor injuries, police said. Although it’s unclear exactly what caused the explosion, police said they think propane was involved.” In the Lackawanna incident, 92 year old Irene Sanok was killed and National Fuel Gas, the local utility, “found nothing unusual or any evidence of system malfunction or leaking natural gas” in its examination of “the main line and service line”. The service line is the pipe running from the main to a customer’s meter. National Fuel’s quote doesn’t address gas leaks that may have been internal to the house.
Schumer Opposes Brooklyn Pipeline – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has joined the grassroots fight against a proposed natural gas pipeline slated to run through several Brooklyn neighborhoods. Schumer, a Brooklyn native, voiced his opposition to the North Brooklyn Pipeline on Aug. 6, saying that the project would be harmful to vulnerable populations, and that it violates the Climate Leadership and Community Act (CLPCA).” Brooklyn Paper reports.