A few days ago, Brookline resident Carrie Bell reached out to us for help with her gas leak problem. Here is her letter about the gas leak on Walnut St that her neighborhood has been trying to get fixed.
We renovated a beautiful 1852 house on Walnut Street, Brookline, and moved there in August 2013. We live between Lincoln School and the reservoir, so there is a lot of daily foot traffic. There is a persistent gas smell on the sidewalk in front of our house.
One of our members, Katie Bacon, wrote the following letter to the editor in our Brookline Tab on the gas leaks problem. We'll be tagging Brookline Gas leaks next Saturday, May 13th. Our goal is to raise awareness of the extent of the gas leak issue, ask participants to sign postcards to Governor Baker
Our Mothers Out Front Brookline team participated in Brookline's Climate Week this year, taking part in 4 events. We started off in early March with a library display:
Sarah, Cathy and Joan put together an informative retrospective on the gas leaks work in Massachusetts, displayed at the Brookline Main Library in March and April.
A new report by Synapse Energy Economics released on February 7th, 2017 shows that the new natural gas pipeline project advanced by Governor Baker and his administration will cost twice as much as proponents suggest and be unnecessary within a few years of completion.
The Community Meeting originally scheduled for February 9th has been rescheduled to March 14th, with a new location at the Coolidge Corner Library, downstairs meeting room, due to a snow storm on the original date.
The topic of the meeting will be the same : Trees in Brookline/Boston and New England, with the focus on what researchers and caretakers can see from the impact of climate change and gas leaks on our trees.
Our first community meeting was a great success with an amazing inspiring presentation by Ania Camargo on the state of gas leaks in the Boston area and especially in Brookline. Some startling information: Brookline is the second leakiest city/town in the Commonwealth by mile and Route 9 is a major leaky corridor, with potentially several super-emitters:
Gas Leaks Map Source: HEET.org. School labels: Mothers Out Front Brookline
What can you do?
One of our volunteers, Ann Abrams, created this musical interlude for your enjoyment ahead of our meeting on November 1st on gas leaks.
We Smelled it from the Pipeline
I bet you’re wonderin’ how we learned
‘Bout some money that you have earned
From all those gas leaks from underground
In 20,000 places all around our towns*
It took us by surprise, we must say
When we found out that WE pay
We smelled it from the pipeline
Don’t you know that this is NOT fine!
We smelled it from the pipeline
And our children’s health is on the line
This isn’t funny, no!
Adapted lyrics by Ann Abrams.
*There are 3,500 natural gas leaks in the greater Boston area and over 20,000 statewide!...Gas leaks account for more climate damage than all the cars in the city. Gas companies, who supply this gas for our cooking and heating through old, leaking pipes, are well aware of these leaks. But they have no incentive to fix them because the lost gas is paid for by rate increases to consumers. Citizens in the Boston area pay over $90 million dollars a year, enough to heat 200,000 homes, for leaking gas that damages our health and our environment.
From Mothers Out Front http://www.mothersoutfront.org/fix_massachusetts_gas_leaks
Our meeting on November 1st at 7pm at the Main Library in Brookline, on 361 Washington St. will cover gas leaks in Massachusetts and what action we can take on a town/city and state levels.
Our very first Brookline community meeting will focus on methane gas leaks. There are over 300 gas leaks in Brookline, leaking methane gas into our noses and lungs, contributing to climate change and affecting our health. Ania Camargo, a long time gas leaks activist and leader with Mothers Out Front will present the current data as well as our efforts on state-wide and town/city levels to correct this problem.
Tuesday, November 1st, 7pm
Hunneman Hall, Brookline Main Library, 361 Washington St.
Interactive map of all gas leaks in Brookline:
Our Brookline team has started planning our events for the 2016-2017 school year and we're excited to announce the next 4 community climate hour meetings:
November 17th and
8-9am at the Koo Koo Cafe in Brookline Village - 7 Station Street. We invite you to join us for an open discussion about our town's efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and our efforts as a team to help individuals to make changes.
In the Spring of 2017, we will participate in Climate Action Brookline's Climate Week. Building up to Climate Week throughout the school year, we'll hold 2 community events: one on gas leaks in Brookline (can't smell them, can't see them, but they're there!) and the second on Brookline Shade Trees: how climate change affects our tress, Gas Leaks' damage to the trees and the lawsuit filed by the town against Eversource for the damage caused by escaping methane.
We are excited to share this information with you, to listen to world renowned speakers and gather as a community. Stay in touch for more information and dates.
Our Brookline team has set out 20 more clean energy lawn signs all around the city as a preface to our next round of door hangers going out this month. With the lawn signs, the conversation about the need for clean energy investment and the initiative we can take as individuals moves out to the street, between neighbors and into communities.
Have you seen them? Sign up for clean electricity or get your own lawn sign: massenergy.org/brookline.