Fueled By Ignorance: Massachusetts Gas Leaks
Last Summer, Beryl Lipton embarked on a project to get gas leak data from Massachusetts municipalities - to her dismay, not only was there almost no information, but towns seemed surprised, even angry, that she would ask.
- Large red = No Responsive Documents
- Large Yellow = Payment Requested
- Large Purple = Rejected
- Large Green = Some responsive materials provided
- Small red = Never received a response
- Small yellow = Still awaiting response
This is unacceptable, especially in light of laws that require energy companies to provide this data. It’s time for us to demand that before we commit to new pipelines, our officials do their due diligence of finding out just how bad our infrastructure really is.
Take a look at the map below to see if a request has been sent to your town. It has? Go to the request page and follow that request to receive an update when materials arrive. It hasn’t? Shoot us a message at email@example.com and we’ll send an inquiry on your behalf.
- Small red = Request not yet submitted
- Small yellow = Request submitted
MuckRock’s most recent survey for greater Boston gas leak information has received relevant responses from two-fifths of surveyed municipalities, a marked improvement over responses from two years ago, when many municipalities claimed to have little to no information on the locations and plans for repair of natural gas leaks in their neighborhoods.
In the wake of Boston’s move to clamp down on leaks, MuckRock is re-surveying area towns for their plans to tackle natural gas waste and pollution at home.
Pipes set long ago are prone to leaks, and gas companies and government alike are privy to the fact. Talks of new natural gas lines continue, but what of maintaining our existing ones?