Lawmaker demands accountability for gas leak

State Assemblyman Charles Barron called for someone to be held accountable Friday for the Brownsville gas leak a day earlier. Officials say an MTA worker was digging into the ground near Linden Boulevard

News 12 Staff

Mar 12, 2016, 4:57 AM

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Lawmaker demands accountability for gas leak
State Assemblyman Charles Barron called for someone to be held accountable Friday for the Brownsville gas leak a day earlier.
Officials say an MTA worker was digging into the ground near Linden Boulevard and Junius Street when he struck and burst the pipe. It took firefighters two hours to stop the flow, and crews were still at the scene Friday afternoon.
Officials say around two barrels worth of gasoline sprayed into the air during the incident.
Barron says the fix should have happened faster.
"Heads should roll," Barron says. "Somebody should be held responsible for this terrible inconvenience that could've been even worse, if other kinds of things were let loose from the puncture."
Repair workers placed a temporary sleeve over the leak. Barron says a complete fix won't be installed until next week.
The MTA says it is conducting its own investigation into the incident.


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