by Phyllis Theermann October 2, 2019 be the change you want to see family girls indigenous people's day land clean up pond positive swim swim team wellesley college Wellesley High School
Shout out to the Wellesley High School girls swim team who enthusiastically participated in a plastic pick up this week.
Want to have this much fun and do something positive?
Make time for the upcoming cleans ups in Wellesley:
~Student organized Wellesley Clean up this Saturday, October 5th at 2pm. Meet at Wellesley College’s main entrance (West Entrance near the Wang Campus Center) for a stroll, clean up and chat. Adults and students welcome!
~Indigenous Peoples Day: Land Clean Up on Saturday, October 12th from 2:00 – 3:30pm. Meet at Long Fellow Pond on Oakland
Street for a walk in honoring Mother Earth and a clean-up around the pond. Co-Sponsored by Sustainable Wellesley.
by Administrator September 23, 2019 Call costs Danger family Gas Leak health Merrimack Valley explosion Methane Take Action Write
A year ago we were reading about gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley that resulted in a fatality, injuries, property damage, displacement of tens of thousands of people for months, not to mention over a billion dollars in costs.
On the anniversary of these catastrophic explosions a new report, Rolling the Dice: Assessment of Gas System Safety in Massachusetts, was released. Wellesley’s Regina LaRocque, MD, MPH contributed to the report, published by the Gas Leaks Allies Coalition. The report identifies fundamental flaws in the gas distribution system in towns such as Wellesley that can lead directly to unsafe situations while recommending feasible, cost-effective, short-term actions to improve public safety. The report proposes a strategy to triage the gas distribution system and transition to a new way to heat homes and businesses. It sends an urgent message to legislators, the executive branch, municipalities, and gas companies to take action now.
This is important as Wellesley has more than 260 gas leaks and endured two gas “blowdowns” just this past August. Fortunately, there were no homes destroyed nor fires started, this time, but gas was vented from an interstate pipeline that runs along the eastern edge of town. Breathing air polluted with the components of natural gas is hazardous to human health. In addition, its methane is at least 80 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, it kills trees, and the leaks are expensive – Wellesley customers pay for lost gas in their gas bills.
Gas leaks and blowouts will continue in Wellesley until significant changes are made. To greatly enhance public safety in the near term and in the future, Sustainable Wellesley is urging residents to learn more about the FUTURE Act H.2849/S.1940 which addresses the safety of the gas system, increases state oversight, and creates a pathway for utilities to deliver reliable, clean energy by investing now in heat pumps, thermal storage, solar thermal, or geothermal district energy systems.
Then, contact your legislators to share your concerns:
Rep. Alice Peisch, Alice.Peisch@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2070
Senator Becca Rausch, Becca.Rausch@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1555
Senator Cynthia Creem, Cynthia.Creem@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1639
Finally, consider reaching out to Wellesley town officials to encourage them to continue their efforts in a multi-town initiative aiming to open a dialogue with National Grid on fixing gas leaks – particularly the large volume leaks. The multi-town initiative includes representatives from more than 20 cities and towns, as well as the Gas Leaks Allies, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, and Mothers Out Front.
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