Gas pipeline facilities, leaks, scheduled replacements (Chelmsford Town Clerk)

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

* All maps of pipeline facilities (services, mains, regulators, etc.) provided by utility companies, including details regarding the age or dates of the installation of the pipeline, the material of the pipeline, and whether the pipeline is high pressure or low pressure. If you have these maps in shape files or in arc GIS, those formats are preferable.

* The most recent inventory of outstanding leaks on the distribution system within the boundaries of municipality, including the location of the leak, date the leak was identified/classified, the grade of the leak, whether the leak has been reclassified or designated for repair, and the date on which the inventory was compiled.

* The list or map of pipeline segments currently scheduled for replacement.

This information should be available to the municipality as required by Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 164, Section 144 (

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 fees cannot be waived, 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: Soule, Thaddeus

Beryl Lipton

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MuckRock News
DEPT MR 13996
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Dear Mr. Lipton:

The Office of the Town Clerk is in receipt of your public records request.
At this time, I am able to inform you that this office does not possess, nor is it the custodian of the records you are requesting under G.L. c. 66 s. 10.

We recommend you contact the utility companies who maintain the “pipeline facilities (services, mains, regulators, etc.);” these entities would be the “person having custody of such records” in accordance with G.L. c. 66 s. 10.

Chelmsford is a community of nearly 34,000 inhabitants with multiple independent private utility providers that are not part of the local government.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any additional questions.

Thank you,

Thaddeus J. Soulé
Assistant Town Clerk
Town of Chelmsford
50 Billerica Road