Here's Drew's take:
For those still unaware of the natural gas problem in Shaw, it can be summed up in one word: water. While we normally think of water's destructive effects on our homes from leaky pipes, roofs, and foundations, or through nature's forces, like floods and hurricanes, it seems that water is wreaking havoc on furnaces, stoves, and hot water heaters of Shaw through an unlikely source... our natural gas lines.Drew created the above map illustrating where the gas line replacement is anticipated. For a detailed look at a .pdf of the map, click here.
My understanding is that I and similarly situated neighbors are beneficiaries of old, sagging gas lines that are prone to leaks. As a result, water gets in our gas lines and causes the gas pressure into our homes to rise and fall. This can necessitate costly repairs to furnaces, and frequently causes furnaces to cut off altogether. It also causes the flames in one's gas stove top to pulsate. Ultimately, a home's gas meter floods with water, cutting off all gas into the home (read: no heat, no hot water and no warm food--thank god for space heaters, electric blankets, microwaves, and charcoal grills).
So after getting some bad press, it seems that Washington Gas is going to fix the problem for some, but not all, in Shaw. Don't get me wrong--I'm pleased that a lot of neighbors are getting relief. But I want a better reason for why there won't be relief for everyone. Specifically, I wonder if the 1500 block of 9th was skipped because of the numerous vacant properties that do not constitute paying, vocal gas customers (six of Shiloh Baptist Church's properties are on 9th Street, as well as three of the Parks Service's vacant properties). Likewise, does Shiloh's blight at 8th and Q (2 vacant homes), and the long vacant (but fortunately about to commence reconstruction) lot at 9th and Q factor into the decision?