Gas pipeline facilities, leaks, scheduled replacements (Woburn City Clerk)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of Public Works of Woburn, 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, ยง10, 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 C.D. Lipton


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 6, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Campbell, William

Good morning,

This office has records of grants of rights in public ways in which utilities are permitted to install conduit. The grants are bound in several volumes of records. These grants dates to at least to 1889 when the town became a city and the City Council was empowered with the approval of the Mayor to grant the rights in a way. The grants are as to location, but have no detail such as that sought in your request. Therefore, the records that you requested are not in the custody and possession of this office.

You should direct your request to the Superintendent of Public Works John Duran, Department of Public Works, 25 North Warren Street, Woburn, Massachusetts 01801. His email address is<> You might also contact the City Engineer John Corey, Engineering Department, Woburn City Hall, 10 Common Street, Woburn, Massachusetts 01801. His email address is<>

I apologize for the delay in responding to this request.

William C. Campbell
Woburn City Clerk

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Mr. Campbell,

Thank you very much for your message. I will forward my request to the Department of Public Works.

Best wishes,

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Mr. Duran,

The public records request copied below is being forwarded to your office for processing. Please let me know if you need any clarification.

Thank you very much for your help.

Have a lovely weekend,

From: Duran, Jay


This information must be obtained directly from National Grid. They are the supplier of natural gas to the City of Woburn. It is my understanding that their information is strictly confidential but you could investigate to confirm.

Jay Duran
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John F. Duran III, P.E.
Woburn Public Works
50 North Warren Street
Woburn, MA 01801
Tel: (781) 897-5980
Fax: (781) 897-5989