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

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Reading Town Clerk of Reading, 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


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Oct. 28, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Gemme, Laura

We have about 200 gas plans at $5.00 each plus some miscellaneous permits. That totals about $1,000. We don’t know how accurate the plans are as they are from about 1975 and are not official record, they are copies given to us by National Grid. They show approximate locations of mains, some of which does show size. Also, a lot of the other information you are looking for is not shown on the maps. You should contact National Grid gas directly for this information. Please let us know if they still would like the information and we will start copying, no records will be turned over until payment is received.

Thank you and have a great day!

Laura A Gemme, CMMC
Town Clerk
Town of Reading
16 Lowell Street
Reading, MA 01867
(P) 781-942-6647
(F) 781-942-9070

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From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Gemme,

I wanted to let you know that a new request is being submitted, so I will withdraw this one.

Thank you!


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