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Eliminate All Boston Gas Leaks

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Gas leaks pose an environmental, public health and financial burden to Boston residents. Natural gas is 86 times more harmful than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas over the first 20 years, and is responsible for the death of trees and shrubbery in Boston’s public spaces. According to the National Institutes of Health, exposure to natural gas leaks can cause health problems. As ratepayers, we are subsidizing nearly $90 million per year for unaccounted for gas that escapes through leaks.

On Tuesday, July 12th Councilor Matt O'Malley held a public hearing to discuss the Boston Gas Leaks Elimination Ordinance before the City Council. The ordinance was the result of resolutions passed in 2015 in support of state legislation and a subsequent working group that was empaneled to look at gas leaks in the city.

The ordinance will…
· Establish a six year time frame for fixing any leak.

· Prioritize fixing gas leaks by risk and volume;

· Allow for a real-time and objective public monitoring of leaks and assess their risk;

· Improve coordination between utility companies and the city during road work;

· And allow the city to impose fines if gas leaks go unreported.

 Please urge your city elected officials to pass this ordinance.

Gas Leaks Allies (Boston)

  • Mothers Out Front
  • Boston Climate Action Network
  • Clean Water Action
  • Home Energy Efficiency Team
  • Massachusetts Sierra Club
  • Professor Nathan Phillips, Boston University
  • Conservation Law Foundation
  • Emerald Necklace Conservancy
  • Gas Safety USA 
  • Friends of the Public Garden
  • Green Committee of the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay
  • Garden Club of the Back Bay
  • Green Justice Coalition

Photo credit: Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET)

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