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Steam Explosion

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A steam pipe exploded earlier today near Grand Central Station causing quite a bit of havoc and destruction. One confirmed dead.

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A freak accident, yes. However, there's gonna be a problem in Manhattan eventually with an older and crumbling infrastructure system. It definitely needs to be addressed at some point.

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A freak accident, yes. However, there's gonna be a problem in Manhattan eventually with an older and crumbling infrastructure system. It definitely needs to be addressed at some point.

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Another Observer article talking about the costs that this is going to have on local businesses. Estimates that it could cost up to hundreds of millions for those businesses that are being forced to close.

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I wonder how much it would cost to replace the entire network of underground utilities infrastructure in NY? I'm guessing it wouldn't be chump change. :lol:

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Actually according to ConEd there aren't that many steam customers left in the City anymore. Steam was gaining interest as a clean, renewable energy source, but as we've seen, it's difficult to control, especially when the pipes are cast iron. This isn't a case of "crumbling" infrastructure. It's incompatible infrastructure.

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