Why we need to fix the gas leaks now

Gas leaks are 10% of state’s carbon emissions

Nathan Phillips, a professor in the Earth and Environment Department at Boston University, found that, when Boston findings were extrapolated to the entire state, gas leaks amounted to about 10% of the Commonwealth’s annual greenhouse gas inventory for 2012–2013. That’s more than all industry in the state emits. And it doesn’t even include carbon dioxide released from the remaining natural gas that is actually combusted, which adds another 10% to the state’s emissions inventory.

Let’s fix those leaks now!

Call your state representative and senator at 617-722-2000 and ask them to support two bills:

HD1173/SD1378, which would make the gas comWUTE2015tweet1pany pay for the leaked gas, not us.

HD1505/SD1165, which would require gas companies to repair all gas leaks whenever the city is tearing up and repaving a street.

The sponsors of both bills are Rep. Lori Ehrlich and Sen. James Eldridge. If you don’t know your state rep or senator, just call the number above and follow the prompts.

Photo: Dozens of people at the Wake Up the Earth festival told state leaders, “Fix the gas leaks now!”

And contact bostonclimateaction@gmail.com if you want to help with community outreach, creative actions, and a potential city hearing this spring and summer.


Sustainability Focus at June 6 Community Summit

Register now for Greenovate’s Community Summit. This year’s summit focuses on Boston’s Climate Action Plan and how we can implement it. There’s a two-part workshop on Neighborhood Sustainability Planning where you can hear what’s working in other neighborhoods and discuss how to promote sustainability in yours. Saturday June 6, 10 to 4 at Curry College Student Center, Northeastern University.


Check out these articles

Senator Markey refiles federal gas leaks bills: http://dedham.wickedlocal.com/article/20150507/NEWS/150507161/?Start=1. One of the bills, the Pipeline Revolving Fund and Job Creation Act, would establish a state revolving loan fund for natural gas pipeline repair and replacement.

What’s wrong with the governor’s and the industry’s natural gas plans:







Photo: BostonCAN’s banners played a starring role at a protest outside the governor’s meeting, telling New England’s political leaders not to build more gas pipelines.



One thought on “Why we need to fix the gas leaks now

  1. Jeffrey A. Herman July 6, 2015 / 4:16 pm

    I have been working with many others on a ban to eliminate the use of plastic bags in the Commonwealth’s supermarkets.
    We need the help of all the green organizations in the state to do this. Representative Lori Ehrlich of Marblehead has sponsored a bill, H663, that is now in the Environmental, Natural Resources and Agricultural Committee in the State House that would do just that. We need to write letters to Senator Anne Gobi and Representative Paul Schmid who are the chairs of this committee to pass the bill and send it on to the Joint Ways and Means committee and then to the floor of both chambers. Their address is: State House, Boston, MA 02133. Massachusetts would become the second state to do this, after Hawaii. My email address is uaeroht@aol.com for any comments or questions. Many thanks. Jeff Herman