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Boston Globe Editorial: Markey’s smart fix

THE RECENT boom in natural gas production has revolutionized America’s energy market, and its low costs and relatively small carbon emissions have brought real benefits to consumers and the environment alike. However, antiquated pipelines across the country have been cutting into these gains. A report by the House Natural Resources Committee prepared at the behest of Senator Ed Markey has shown that leaks from old pipes cost customers $20 billion from 2000 to 2011. And because methane — the main component of the fuel — is a potent greenhouse gas, these leaks can have serious environmental repercussions as well. Now, Markey has filed two bills aimed at solving these problems, and Congress should approve them.