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Is Moss Point/Escatawpa natural gas system safe?

Associated Press Published: September 7, 2012

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A hearing was scheduled about whether the leaky Moss Point/Escatawpa Natural Gas Distribution System should be shut down as unsafe.

Commission Chairman Leonard Bentz set the hearing Friday at the Jackson County Courthouse in Pascagoula. He told The Mississippi Press ( that the city has what he describes as an "extraordinary amount of lost and unaccounted for gas."

Mark McCarver, director of the Division of Pipeline safety, tells The Sun Herald ( that corroded steel pipes could the main problem. He says 700 leaks were found two years ago and replacing several sections with polyethelyene pipe has fixed most of the leaks, but some remain.