Sustainable Arlington

Envision Arlington/Mass. Climate Action Network (MCAN) Chapter


By In Gas Leaks Campaign 153 downloads

presents documented incidents and publicly available facts about the gas distribution system that add up to an urgent message to legislators, the executive branch, municipalities, and gas companies to take action now. Immediate and short-term improvements can greatly enhance public safety. At the same time, Massachusetts can accelerate measures to transition away from gas to safer, healthier, affordable renewable energy.

Published by, 9.13.19.

default 2.10.17. “New England’s Shrinking Need for Natural Gas” Popular

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...gas pipeline project (Spectra Energy’s Access Northeast pipeline). ... this project is likely to be twice as expensive as previously proposed ($6b v. $3b), and the need for natural gas will fall in the future due to the environmental and renewable energy policies in New England. Therefore, the study concludes, this gas pipeline project is not needed.

default 9. "Arlington group plans to tag town's 177 gas leaks," Wicked Local, 9.23.16. Popular

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pdf Arlington Gas Leaks Campaign, 2016 Town Day flyer Popular

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Arlington Gas Leaks Campaign, 2016 Town Day flyer.pdf

default Arlington Gas Leaks Kick-Off Event, ACMi coverage on line Popular

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Arlington Community Media Inc. filmed comments by Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine and others at the Oct. 1 kick-off event. The segment appears at about minute 6 in the newscast.

pdf Arlington Gas Leaks Map Popular

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pdf Beyond Natural Gas: Protecting our air, water, and communities Popular

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natural gas is not a climate solution — but is part of the problem. By working to end destructive drilling practices, limit the expansion of natural gas consumption and by preventing the export of natural gas — our goal is to end our reliance on dirty dangerous natural gas and fracking.

default Fracking 101: Why Natural Gas is Dirty & Dangerous Popular

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default GETTING OFF GAS IN MASS: THE F.U.T.U.R.E. ACT, S.1940, H.2849 [Massachusetts Legislature, 191st Session ]

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An Act For Utility Transition to Using Renewable Energy (F.U.T.U.R.E.)

The outline a safe, just transition that moves Massachusetts utilities off gas in alignment with our state’s mandated greenhouse gas reduction targets. 


Sponsors: Senator Cynthia Creem (1st Middlesex and Norfolk), Representative Lori Ehrlich (8th Essex), and Representative Christina Minicucci (14th Essex)





default Gas Leaks Mapping and Information Popular

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HEET has  mapped the National GridColumbia Gas  and Eversource’s gas data by town to create Google maps of over 200 Massachusetts towns and cities. Using these maps, you can zoom in to your home or school or business to see if there is a natural gas leak nearby and how old that leak is.  These maps work with smart phones. Zoom in on a leak icon, then click it for exact address.

default HEET’s action manual, Reducing Natural Gas Leaks in Massachusetts. Popular

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Excellent overview of the gas leaks issue in Massachusetts, provides resources and steps for action.

default Infographic: Mass. Gas Leaks, Facts & Issues Popular

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Shows the number of gas leaks statewide, the 3 severity levels of gas leaks according to our utility companies, costs to consumers and the environment, info on methane and more.    

default Local Gas Infrastructure: "Arlington residents mark gas leaks to raise awareness," Wicked Local, 10.3.16. Popular

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Learn about Comprehensive Health Impact Assessments in our technical report

default Methane Hazard Lurks in Boston's Aging, Leaking Gas Pipes, Study Says Popular

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Study of 100 randomly selected pipeline leaks revealed the existence of 'superemitters' and potential explosion hazards.

default Mothers Out Front, Working to Fix Gas Leaks Popular

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Find out the connection between 20,000 gas leaks in MA and efforts to build new gas pipelines.  Work with your local MOF team on these two important and related issues that make climate change worse.

default The Case Against Gas Lines Popular

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There's too much risk and not enough need.  According to authors Peter Shattuck and Jamie Howland, "In a remarkable shift from just a decade ago, natural gas now poses the biggest climate threat in the region."  (3.14.2016, Commonwealth Magazine)

default Understanding the Impact of Natural Gas Leaks on Public Safety, the Environment and Your Wallet Popular

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From the Conservation Law Foundation:  Massachusetts’ antiquated natural gas distribution system ... is among the oldest in the country, as much as 157 years old in some places. Nearly one-third of the 21,000 miles of natural gas pipes running under the state’s cities, suburbs and rolling hills is outdated, and considered “leak-prone.” ... gas companies charge their customers for the lost gas, meaning that Massachusetts businesses and residents are paying tens of millions of dollars every year for gas they never receive ...