Natural gas is leaking all around us – near homes, schools & businesses. Massachusetts has one of the oldest gas pipeline networks in the country, and many of our pipes are made from leak-prone materials like cast iron and bare steel. Some of the pipes running under our streets are more than 100 years old! Check out these activities to learn more about our gas leak system.
NOT SAFE, NOT CLEAN, NOT GREEN
Did you know Newton has many hundreds of unrepaired gas leaks?
For the past 5 years, Mothers Out Front Newton has been raising awareness about methane gas leaks. Leaking methane gas causes indoor and outdoor air pollution, drives climate change, kills trees, and can pose an explosion hazard. We continue to call for accountability and transparency from National Grid, and we advocate for state and local policies that will fix gas leaks for good.
Every year, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities requires gas companies to report the location of both unprepared and repaired gas leaks. The Cambridge-based non-profit, HEET, uses the reports to create gas leaks maps. As of December 2020, Newton had 730 unrepaired gas leaks (yellow) and 349 repaired leaks (red).
Decode Gas Pipeline Clues
Utility companies keep track of their work underground by spray-painting marks on the street. Take a walk around your neighborhood. Decode the yellow street markings and find the gas valve turn-off caps.
Play Gas Leak Bingo!
Become a Tree Detective
Walk your neighborhood, and look for sick or dead street trees. Use our Tree Log to record what you see.
Look for the signs!
- Are there bare branches when other trees are blooming and full of leaves?
- Are there mushrooms feeding on dying wood?
- Do you smell gas (rotten eggs)?
Check the Newton Gas Leak Map, and find out if gas leaks are sickening trees in your neighborhood.
Report a Gas Leak
If you smell gas, call 1-800-233-5325.
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