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

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


Your Public Records Request to the Town Manager, has been submitted. You will receive a response from the Records Access Officer (RAO) in compliance with the State regulations regarding public records requests. If you have any questions, email the RAO at or call 978-639-3381.

Thank You.

From: Selectmen's Office

January 17, 2017

Via email to:

Muckrock News
Dept. MR 31640
411A Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

Attn: Beryl Lipton
Re: Public Records Requests – Gas Leaks Policies and Data, Middlesex County

To Whom It May Concern:
Attached are the following records from the Town of Sudbury pursuant to your request

- Town of Sudbury Fire Department Incident List by Alarm Date/Time
between 1/1/12 and 1/11/17
Any gas leak reported to the Town of Sudbury by a resident or contractor is reported directly to the Gas Company for investigation. The Town has no further knowledge of corrective measures.

Leila S. Frank
Town Manager/Board of Selectmen’s Office
Office Supervisor/Information Officer
Town of Sudbury
278 Old Sudbury Road
Sudbury, MA 01776
Fax) 978-443-0756

When writing or responding, please be aware the Secretary of State has determined that e-mail is a public record and thus not confidential.

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Frank,

Thank you so much for all of this!

Hope the day goes well,