While the gas distribution system in Massachusetts is largely buried underground, the dangers of relying on gas are all around us. For many, memories of gas explosions and fires fade into the past. Single incidents, while they happen regularly and expose multiple hazards, aren’t connected in media reports. Even community-wide disasters like the collapse of the gas system in the Merrimack Valley can slip from public attention.
Public safety, health, and climate are all at risk from leaking gas and the impacts of methane. Meanwhile, money from both ratepayers and shareholders is being wasted by investing in a dangerous system.
Despite the magnitude of the problem, we can solve it.
Rolling the Dice: Assessment of Gas System Safety in Massachusetts presents documented incidents and publicly available facts about the gas distribution system that add up to an urgent message to legislators, the executive branch, municipalities, and gas companies to take action now. Immediate and short-term improvements can greatly enhance public safety. At the same time, Massachusetts can accelerate measures to transition away from gas to safer, healthier, affordable renewable energy.
Now You Know—Here’s What You Can Do
Concerned community members can use the information below to get involved in triaging the worst leaks for repair while transitioning to a better future.
Distribute this one-page summary of the report
Urge adoption of the Triage and Transition Recommendations
Handout this summary of the FUTURE Act
Read and share “Another Gas Scare” about the 9/27/19 gas leak
Write a Letter to the Editor
Repost our blog What I Learned from the Merrimack Valley Gas Disaster