Fix the Gas Leaks in Weston
Like many Massachusetts communities, Weston has a systemic and growing gas leak problem due to an aging gas infrastructure. At the end of 2017, National Grid identified over 140 unrepaired gas leaks in Weston - some of which are over 20 years old.
Not only does this situation raise safety issues, especially as Weston's pipelines operate at higher pressure than other towns, gas leaks affect our health, our environment and our planet:
- Breathing gas fumes exacerbates respiratory illnesses
- Methane is a potent greenhouse gas impacting climate change
- Gas leaks suffocate the roots of trees and plants
Gas utilities are not incentivized to fix non-emergency leaks, as they pass on the cost of lost and unaccounted for gas to consumers, and they receive a higher return from investing in new pipelines than from maintaining existing infrastructure.
We can no longer sit back and entrust the health and safety of our community to National Grid.
Sign this petition to support an independent audit of Weston's gas infrastructure - to accurately identify and measure ALL gas leaks. This audit will provide the Town with the information needed to plan and drive a strategy for fixing the largest and most harmful leaks in Weston.