Google partners with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to include methane sensors on its Street View cars in Boston, Staten Island, and Indianapolis. They use this data to create a publicly available map of the location and severity of natural gas leaks, which they hope will motivate cities to take action. EDF associate vice president Mark Brownstein releases a statement:
Until now, these smaller leaks have not been a priority in most places. Yet we can see from these maps just how much they can add up. By pulling vast amounts of information together in a place that offers simple, clickable visualization, the platform is going to be an important advocacy tool, one that helps shift resources to an area of historic underinvestment.