There are over 250 active gas leaks in Brookline, making our town the 2nd highest in the state in gas leaks per mile. On Saturday, May 13th we tagged over 100 gas leaks in every precinct. Read our fact sheet on why gas leaks are important and what you can do to get them fixed.
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.
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:
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.
http://mothersoutfrontbrooklinema.nationbuilder.com/gas_leaks_in_brookline (Link to be corrected).
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.
The results of our scavenger hunt for #gasleak flags are in: Susan Helms Daley and her daughter are the winners with 25 flag sightings posted to our Facebook page. But we can't stop with their submissions: we received several wonderful contributions, so we thought we'd share these with you, in their own separate categories.
WINNERS - most flags found: Susan Helms Daley and her daughter
Best Flag finding with a k-9: Nicola Thompson and her dog
We feel really sad about the #gasleaks, also. Since dogs have a better sense of smell, it's logical to assume they can smell methane leaks much better than we can.
Best Selfie with a #GasLeakFlag: Mary Dewart, Climate activist, board member of Climate Action Brookline and Climate Week organizer
Best group selfie - Emma Staff, Colby Ferrigno, Eva Morgan and Loren Spencer in front of Devotion Elementary School in Brookline
Thank you all who participated. Add your voice to our petition to fix the #gasleaks: change.org/p/fix-massachusetts-gas-leaks.
With 3 events, a library display and a town wide scavenger hunt, our team is launching into Brookline Climate Week (next week!) in #Brookline with full force. All the events are free and open to the public.
We'll place yellow flags marking some of the gas leaks in Brookline. Your job? Go out and find them, take a picture of flag (with you if you can) and post to our Facebook page or Twitter feed. The account with the most found flags wins! See complete rules. Outraged about the gas leaks? Sign our petition to tell the Massachusetts legislature: Time to fix gas leaks!
We start the week with Climate Cafe on Tuesday night, March 29th (6:30pm at Temple Sinai, 50 Sewall Ave., Brookline)
Two environmental leaders, Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman and Dan Ruben from Boston Green Tourism will share their journey into the climate movement through TED-style presentations. Their talks will be followed by a small group break out sessions to give attendees a chance to explore their place in the climate action movement.
On Wednesday, March 30th, we take part in a 3 part panel on local renewable energy sources, gas leaks which litter our air, and smart growth through long range community vision work. 6:30pm, All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon St., Brookline.
Saturday is the big 3R depot at Town Hall: bring your non-recyclable recyclables, such as Styrofoam, your used sports gear, bikes and sample some delicious food. We'll bring the large map of #Brookline with marked gas leaks.
Don't forget to stop by the Main Library at 361 Washington St in Brookline to see our display plus a large paper mache nose smelling all the gas leaks! The display will be up until May 1st.