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

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Littleton Town Clerk of Littleton, 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:

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: Diane Crory

I would like to know what timeframe you are requesting this for before we can even begin to look for these records as this will span over 4 different departments and I will have to coordinate all information and be able to get it into a readable format, which at this point probably it is not. Once you are able to give me the timeframe I can better assess whether we will charge. Also, once we have the timeframe I will be able to assess whether we will be able to meet your request within the 10 business days allowable. Thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this email.

Diane Crory
Town Clerk

From: Diane Crory

Good morning Beryl,

After speaking with you last week I believe this is the information that you are actually looking for. I have attached the information from the Fire Dept., Highway and Building Dept. The Police actually dispatch out the Fire Dept, so it would be repetitive. I spoke with the Tree warden and they did not replace any trees last year, so there would be no correlation between gas leaks and tree destruction. As you can see National Grid is the company that comes into Littleton for service.

Our website for all of our bylaws is:<> you would then go to government and then Town Code for anything more specific.

If there is anything else that you are looking for please do not hesitate to ask.

Diane Crory
Town Clerk

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Crory,

Thank you so much for your help with all of this! I will definitely let you know if I have any other questions, and I hope your weekend went well!

Best wishes,

From: Diane Crory

I sent everything to you on January 17th.. Diane Crory

From: Diane Crory

Please let me know if I need to re-send the information as it is in my sent box and it is easy enough to just forward again. Thanks in advance. Diane