Gas leaks policies and data - Middlesex County (Arlington Town Clerk)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Arlington Town Clerk of Arlington, MA.


From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

Any and all directive materials and data regarding the location and repair of gas leaks within this municipality.

Please include any ordinances, policies, procedures, or related materials regarding:

• the necessity of gas companies to report existing gas leaks to municipal officials
• the necessity of gas companies to survey areas for the existence of gas leaks
• the necessity of gas companies to repair known gas leaks

Please also include any data, statistics, maps, and other materials detailing the location and severity of known gas leaks in the areas under the jurisdiction of this municipality. Please include any data acquired from the Department of Public Utilities regarding gas leaks within this municipality.

Please include all requests from gas companies for construction and digging related to gas leaks.

Please include all requests for repair made by this municipality to companies regarding gas leaks. Please also provide all responses.

Please provide all data, statistics, maps, and other materials regarding the decay or destruction of trees and other foliage in relation to the presence of gas leaks.

If further clarification is necessary, please contact the MuckRock office at 617-299-1832.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.


Beryl Lipton

From: Stephanie Lucarelli

I will forward your request to the new RAO in Arlington.



Thank you for your records request from the Town of Arlington, MA. Use the link below to view your request and download the associated files. For best results, use a browser other than Internet Explorer, such as Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.

Requester Name: MuckRock
Records Sought: Gas Leak Data. Request submitted via email on 1-5-2017 to Clerk's Office.
Request Type: Other
How do you wish to view the records?: Receive Copies
What is your preferred format of responsive records?: Email
Is request for commercial use?: no
Description of commercial use:

Contact Jim Feeney ( with additional comments and questions.

The record can be viewed at the following URL:

From: Jim Feeney

Hello Beryl Lipton,

I write on behalf of the Town of Arlington as the designated Records Access
Officer. Please find attached the requisite written response, which
describes the responsive documents available at the URL at the bottom of
this email. Multiple attempts to email the ZIP file found at this URL failed
due to your email server's size restrictions. Please note you may also
receive a system generated email with the very same URL.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


James Feeney

Assistant Town Manager

Town of Arlington

730 Massachusetts Avenue

Arlington, MA 02476

(781) 316-3010

From: Beryl Lipton


Thank you so much for going through the trouble of getting these materials to me. I really appreciate it, and I'll let you know if I have any other questions.

Best wishes,