Gas Leaks in Newton



Newton has 926 un-repaired gas leaks (2019). 

Gas leaks maps make the invisible visible. (

Utilities report over 16,000 gas leaks in Massachusetts.

(Independent researchers typically find many more by a factor of 2-3).


Know your Gas Leaks! Do you smell gas on your block? Click on this link to the Newton Map. Is your leak there?

If not, call 1-800-233-5325 or 911. Tell them you smell gas!  

Let us know. [email protected]

The map can also show patterns. For example, many leaks on one street indicate a pipe in poor condition.  The map also shows leaks near schools, hospitals, and other sensitive areas.

Please share the link to your town’s gas leaks map with your local fire department, board of health, and sustainability committee as well as your DPW and town engineer.  Because gas leaks kill trees by suffocating their roots, forward the map to your tree warden and conservation commission.

        GAS IS DANGEROUS           

Why? Because of the air pollution and explosion potential from 900+ leaks in Newton gas pipelines.  
The links above highlight just a few deadly explosions. They keep happening because of the gas that is piped under our streets and into our homes. Learn about gas leaks and dead trees in the link below.

Environmental & Climate Justice

Climate change has a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low income communities in the United States and around the world. (link)

What is Mothers Out Front/Newton doing?

For the past 4 years MOF/Newton has been educating our community. We have held rallies and planted signs to raise awareness of the hundreds of gas leaks under our streets. We believe our community needs to know and understand the dangers of gas.

MOF educates and shares information about the damage caused by fossil fuels and advocates for divestment from fossil fuels.

MOF works to pass legislation and policies that promote clean energy, energy efficiency and environmental justice.

MOF works with the City of Newton to promote the Newton Climate Action Plan and the OptUp campaign for 100% electricity (Newton Power Choice).

Gas Leaks Allies: Learn what a state wide coalition is doing about gas leaks

Gas Leaks Facts Sheet

What You Can Do

Smell Gas– Act Fast 

If you smell gas anywhere, including in your home, go outside and call 1-800-233-5325 or 911 immediately. Do not assume that someone else has already reported the emergency. 

Know how to shut off your gas line

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There is a shut-off valve running parallel with the pipe, usually located about 6 to 8 inches above the ground. Take a 12-inch or larger adjustable wrench, and turn the valve 1/4 turn in either direction, until the valve is crosswise to the pipe. (See Diagram B)

Learn more

Burning the Gas ‘Bridge Fuel’ Myth: Why Gas Is Not Clean, Cheap, or Necessary

A Different Kind of Fix for Leaking Gas PipesNEEP The Solution-learn about alternative uses for the gas pipeline infrastructure.

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