Massachusetts

Public hearing on gas leaks and air quality

Mothers Out Front Worcester invites you to join us at the City Council Standing Committee on Public Health and Human Services Hearing on gas leaks and air quality.

 Monday, June 17th at 5:30 pm, City Hall 3rd floor

Mothers Out Front Worcester has worked for months in partnership with the City of Worcester, Worcester Public Schools, allies, parents and Eversource to address unrepaired gas leaks identified on the property of five Worcester Public Schools: Doherty Memorial High School, Chandler Community Elementary, Rice Square Elementary, Flagg Street Elementary, May Street Elementary.

Our asks are simple:

  • Come out to hear the testimony of Mothers Out Front Worcester regarding the dangers of unrepaired gas leaks on June 17th at 5:30 pm. 
  • If you know parents whose children attend any of the five schools, please direct them to email our Mothers Out Front community organizer at etel.haxhiaj@mothersoutfront.org.
  • If you would like to testify in support of our petition and sign a letter we are submitting to Eversource, let us know and we’d be happy to work with you.

Background: 

In December 2018, Mothers Out Front hired an independent gas leak auditor to confirm the presence of unrepaired leaks on five Worcester Public Schools properties. The auditor produced a report outlining his findings and recommendations pertaining to these leaks. In March of this year, we held a public forum to share the findings of our audit with the community. In June of  2019, we submitted two petitions to City Council to hold hearings about the schedule of repairs for these gas leaks and about the links between poor air quality, gas leaks, and high asthma rates in Worcester, particularly among children of color. Our team will be meeting with the president of Eversource to discuss getting these five leaks fixed before the beginning of next school year, as well as to address the gas leak audit recommendations.

We want to keep this conversation in the public realm to ensure that our local utility company feels accountable for fixing these leaks and keeping parents and residents informed about repairs and maintenance. The threats to our health and climate that gas leaks, gas pipelines, fracking, and gas infrastructure pose are an urgent matter of public concern.

We are hopeful that with your support and advocacy, we can help ensure that our kids are breathing clean air.  See you on Monday, June 17th at 5:30 pm at City Hall!

 

 

 

 

WHEN
June 17, 2019 at 5:30pm - 7:30pm
WHERE
Worcester City Hall
455 Main St
3d floor
Worcester , MA 01608
United States
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CONTACT
Etel Haxhiaj · · 5086154200
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