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

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Wakefield Town Clerk of Wakefield, 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 MuckRock.com, 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.

Sincerely,

Beryl Lipton

From: MuckRock

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 MuckRock.com, 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.

Sincerely,

Beryl Lipton

From: Mullen, Thomas

To Ms. Beryl Lipton:

I am the Town Counsel for the Town of Wakefield, Massachusetts. Please
forgive the delay in my response to the above-referenced public records
request; I regret that your original January 5th request did not land on
anyone's desk until very recently.

Wakefield has a Municipal Gas and Light Department. Its Director, Peter
Dion, estimates that it would take a minimum of 40 hours to assemble all of
the information you have requested. He has also suggested that if you or
someone in your organization would like to come to the Department to
discuss your request, it may be possible to limit the time and cost
involved considerably by narrowing and focusing its scope. Please feel
free to email or call me.

Tom Mullen
--
Thomas A. Mullen, Esq.
Thomas A. Mullen, P.C.
40 Salem Street
Building 2, Suite 12
Lynnfield, Massachusetts 01940
781-245-2284 (office)
781-245-9990 (fax)

From: Mullen, Thomas

To Ms. Beryl Lipton:

I am the Town Counsel for the Town of Wakefield, Massachusetts. Please
forgive the delay in my response to the above-referenced public records
request; I regret that your original January 5th request did not land on
anyone's desk until very recently.

Wakefield has a Municipal Gas and Light Department. Its Director, Peter
Dion, estimates that it would take a minimum of 40 hours to assemble all of
the information you have requested. He has also suggested that if you or
someone in your organization would like to come to the Department to
discuss your request, it may be possible to limit the time and cost
involved considerably by narrowing and focusing its scope. Please feel
free to email or call me.

Tom Mullen
--
Thomas A. Mullen, Esq.
Thomas A. Mullen, P.C.
40 Salem Street
Building 2, Suite 12
Lynnfield, Massachusetts 01940
781-245-2284 (office)
781-245-9990 (fax)

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Mr. Mullen,

Thanks so much for your message. Is it possible that Mr. Dion has a log of information (instances of reported gas leaks, instances of roadwork related to gas leaks, etc.) that might summarize responsive materials? That would satisfy this request and spare him the effort of gathering individual reports.

Thanks again for your time! Hope you're staying warm!

Best,
Beryl

From: Peter Dion

Beryl

I am not sure if I have the exact list you are looking for but if we could chat for a minute, I am sure we have lists that will get you what you are looking for in some combination

Pete Dion
General Manager
Wakefield Gas and Light

781 246 6368

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