Arlington, MA

Gas Leaks Action Alert: Comment on MassDEP by Nov. 16

► You can help the effort to get gas leaks fixed by submitting a comment to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) before November 16. 

 

We’ll tell you how to do this and give you sample content. First, a little background:

A May 2016 ruling by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and a recent Executive Order from Governor Baker both require that the MassDEP come up with new regulations to help Massachusetts meet the greenhouse gas emission goals set out in the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act. 

The MassDEP is now in the process of working to create these regulations and welcomes input from all of us before November 16. Gas leaks from the natural gas distribution system are one of their prime targets, and we want to make sure the Department knows how concerned we citizens are about the gas leaks. Hearing from lots of us could help them resist pressure to make such regulations easier on the gas companies.

To submit a comment to the MASSDEP, click on the link below, then scroll down the page until you see a box with the words “Submit Comment Here.”  Clicking on “Submit Comment Here” takes you to a page where you can enter your comment.

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/air/climate/section3d-comments.html


Here’s sample wording for a comment to the MassDEP about the gas leaks:

I am writing to express my concern about the number of gas leaks that have gone unattended by the utility companies in Massachusetts.
 
Recently it has come to my attention that there are at least 177 Natural Gas leaks in the town of Arlington alone and approximately 20,000 statewide. There are streets in Arlington where one can actually smell the leaking gas.
 
The methane from the Natural Gas leaks is bad for our health, bad for the plant life around us, adds to the warming of the planet and could pose a safety hazard. Also, we, the consumers, are the ones paying for lost and unaccounted for gas.
 
For all these reasons, we need strict regulations to ensure that the gas companies fix all gas leaks.  Identifying and fixing the largest leaks (the "super-emitters")  should happen as soon as possible, but we also want all other gas leaks fixed in a timely manner.

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