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

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Dunstable Town Clerk (MA) of Dunstable, MA.

It is a clone of this request.

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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 shapefiles 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 C.D. Lipton

From: Carol Skerrett

Good evening,

I do not have information on the pipeline. I have forwarded your request to the Town Administrator. Madonna McKenzie, and if follow up is required please contact her. Thank you.

Carol A. Skerrett
Town Clerk CMMC
511 Main Street
Dunstable, MA 01827
(978) 649-4514 x222
(978) 649-4371 (fax)

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From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Skerrett,

Thank you very much for your message. Would you be able to provide Ms. McKenzie's email address so that I may follow up with her directly?


From: Jakob Hamm

Beryl C. D. Lipton

MuckRock News

DEPT MR 15412

PO Box 55819

Boston, MA 02205-5819

This email is in response to your request of January 5, 2015, by email to the Town of Dunstable through the Town Clerk’s office for public information and records relative to pipelines and related facilities in the town, records of recent outstanding leaks, and pipeline segments presently scheduled for replacement. Though your request did not specify that it pertained to gas pipelines in particular, we interpret it as such on account of your reference to G.L.c. 164, Section 144.

Please be advised that the Town of Dunstable has no log or other record of gas leaks as such, graded according to the provisions of Section 144 of Chapter 164, or otherwise. The Chief of the Fire Department has supplied a map apparently indicating the location of service pipelines in Dunstable, further identified in terms of low or high pressure. He is not aware of the circumstances under which his department came into possession of the map. A scanned copy is attached herewith.

The Chief of the Police Department has supplied copies of log entries reflecting various incidental inquiries that office has received recently relating to perceived or suspected gas leaks. Copies are attached.

The above described matters constitute all of the records in possession of town offices or employees corresponding to your request under G.L. c. 66, Section 10. We note specifically that the town has received no notifications known to us of any Grade 1 gas leak as described in G.L. c. 166, Section 144(b)(2).


Jake K.. Hamm

Administrative Assistant
Board of Selectmen
511 Main Street
Dunstable, MA 01827-1313
978-649-4514 ext. 224
978-649-4371 fax <>

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