by Phyllis Theermann March 15, 2017 Alice Peisch. Boston University Cynthia Creem Dr. Nathan Phillips Dr. Regina LaRocque gas leaks home energy efficiency Mass General Hospital National Grid Olivia Snapper photographer Richard Ross Wellesley Media
Mark your calendars and join us on Tuesday, March 21, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, at the Wellesley Free Library for a public discussion of gas leaks in Wellesley.
You smell the leaks, and see the signs around town marking the roughly 200 gas leaks in our neighborhoods (thank you 40+ volunteers who made it happen). Perhaps you have seen this Wellesley Media and the Natural Resources Commission’s video on the topic. Unfortunately, there surely are leaks in your neighborhood.
We want do something about all that leaking gas that poses a risk to our safety, our health, and our environment — don’t you? As ratepayers, we are also all paying for this wasted gas.
Now is the time to hear what we can do about it from health, environmental, and energy efficiency experts, as well as ask questions to National Grid and Town Officials.
The Board of Selectmen will preside, joined by Representative Alice Peisch. Featured panelists:
Dr. Nathan Phillips, Dept. of Earth & Environment, Boston University
Audrey Schulman, Home Energy Efficiency Team
Dr. Regina LaRocque, Mass General Hospital
Sue Fleck, Pipeline Safety, National Grid
Town officials will also be available to answer questions
This event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by Wellesley Board of Selectmen, State Representative Alice Peisch, State Senator, Cynthia Creem, State Senator Richard Ross, Natural Resources Commission, Sustainable Energy Committee, Health Department, and Sustainable Wellesley.
by Phyllis Theermann March 2, 2017 Boston University gas leaks Mass General Hospital National Grid
Wellesley Green School and Sustainable Wellesley families will be tagging the nearly 200 gas leaks in Wellesley this weekend as a very visual way of getting the message out about the upcoming Wellesley’s Gas Leaks Public Forum taking place on March 21st from 7-8.30 pm in the Wakelin Room at the Wellesley Free Library.
Join the families at a pre-tagging rally on March 11th from 9.30-10am at Town Hall. Interested in helping out? A sign-up form for tagging leaks is here. Tagging is easy; simply hang up signs with pre organized materials in specific spots (map provided) and hang a few door hangers.
The Town is working to get National Grid to fix these leaks (click here for map), some of which are 20 years old. Many residents are familiar with the smell of gas in their neighborhoods but they are not aware of the damaging effects of gas leaks to the public’s health and the environment, as well as the costs to Wellesley residents — the Forum will be an opportunity to learn more.
The goal of the Forum is to build public understanding and awareness about the leaks, equip residents with expert information, and allow residents to ask questions directly to National Grid representatives.
Featured panelists include Dr. Nathan Phillips, Dept. of Earth & Environment at Boston University who will discuss the environmental impact; Audrey Schulman, Home Energy Efficiency Team, will discuss ways of improving coordination to repair leaks; Wellesley’s own Dr. Regina LaRocque of Mass General Hospital will share vital information on the dangers to humans; and Sue Fleck, Vice President, Pipeline Safety, National Grid, will talk about the company’s plans for fixing the leaks in Wellesley. Town officials will also be available to answer questions.
Registration is recommended for the Gas Leaks Forum. Do so here.
The Gas Leaks Forum is co-sponsored by Wellesley Board of Selectmen, State Representative Alice Peisch, State Senator Cynthia Creem, State Senator Richard Ross, Natural Resources Commission, Sustainable Energy Committee, Health Department, Sustainable Wellesley, and Wellesley Green Schools.
by Phyllis Theermann February 13, 2017 gas leaks Mass General Hospital National Grid
Do you ever smell gas when you are walking or driving around Wellesley? If so — it’s likely that you are getting a whiff of one of the 200-plus gas leaks in our town! Sustainable Wellesley is co-sponsoring a town forum on gas leaks with the Board of Selectmen, Natural Resources Commission, Sustainable Energy Committee, and State Senator Cynthia Creem.
Join us to learn more about these leaks, their harmful effects on the environment and human health, and what’s being done to address them. A representative from National Grid is also expected to attend.
Dr. Nathan Phillips, Boston University, speaking on the extent of the gas leaks and the environmental impact
Audrey Schulman, Home Energy Efficiency Team, speaking about how towns and utility companies can improve coordination on leak repair, and how to find high volume leaks
Dr. Regina LaRocque, Mass General Hospital, addressing the impact of gas leaks on human health
Sue Fleck, Vice President, Pipeline Safety, National Grid, on fixing the leaks in Wellesley