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CenterPoint Energy installs new gas pipes
CenterPoint Energy installs new gas pipes

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- Across the country there have been concerns about aging gas pipelines. A Gannett investigation found gas explosions killed at least 135 people and injured another 600 people over the last decade.

CenterPoint Energy in Arkansas has been working for more than a decade to replace approximately 400 miles of cast iron and bare steel pipelines across the state. More than 150,000 residents use CenterPoint Energy to ignite gas stoves, water and pool heaters as well as to back up generators.

There are about 80 miles left in Little Rock that need to be replaced by plastic pipelines.

District director of Gas Operations in Little Rock, Josh Cummings, said
replacing them is a way to make sure they safely and reliably supply home owners with the natural gas they need.

"The replacement protects us from things like corrosion, and third party excavation damage," said Cummings. The main issue in Arkansas is third party damage. Cummings explained the primary threat to pipelines in the state can be attributed to incidents where home owners and construction workers dig and accidentally hit unmarked pipelines.

Replacing the pipelines is a preventative measure that can take months to complete. CenterPoint has been working in a neighborhood in The Heights for about two months now. Scott Johnson has lived in the area for a year now. A group of contractors and CenterPoint Entergy technicians replaced a piece of iron pipe in front of his home Tuesday morning. "They came and dug that big hole first," said Johnson. They've been digging in front of his home for about a week. "If the city is out here and replacing these ancient pipes, then I trust them."

He says is necessary to keep up with city maintenance.
They've hit the heights with a vengeance," said Johnson. "They've been working diligently and cleaning up every day after themselves- which is the most important to me and probably the rest of my neighbors.