SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A new study finds consumers have lost out of more than a billion dollars due to leaky natural gas pipes.
Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey called for a study to be conducted in Massachusetts and it revealed that the piping infrastructure is outdated.
A recent study on natural gas found Massachusetts residents have lost about $1.5 billion over the last decade thanks to leaky pipelines.
"How did that happen? It's unreal," said Holyoke's Rob Perotti.
The news comes as a shock to some people but not others who say they've noticed Massachusetts infrastructure is dated.
"We have overhead power lines, lots of sewer breaks, water main breaks, something I didn't experience in many other places I've lived," said West Springfield's John Mayo.
The 22News I-Team called two western Massachusetts companies.
Columbia Gas Spokeswoman Sheila Doiron says about 20% of their pipes need replacement, but a leak doesn't cost as much as people may think.
"I would have a residential customer for instance would pay approximately $2.90 a year attributed to leaks in the system," Doiron said.
Columbia Gas says they're constantly upgrading their piping, in fact there's one that's happening right now at the corner of Noble and Main Streets in Springfield's North End.
Berkshire Gas says they have a less than 1% leakage rate although they support all legislation to help gas companies modernize their systems.
22News asked Columbia Gas if the Worthington Street explosion had anything to do with a leaky pipe and they said it didn't.