While the 2018 legislative cycle was disappointing in many ways, we did have an important win on LUAF. What’s LUAF, you ask? “Lost and Unaccounted for Gas!”. The Gas Leaks Allies succeeded in getting our LUAF language into the clean energy omnibus bill that passed in August.
The new language requires the utilities to report on LUAF each year in a clearer and more uniform way, allowing us to tailor our gas leaks strategies more effectively. Until now, utilities’ LUAF numbers have been fuzzy, including a mish-mash of actual leaks, metering errors, gas the utilities use for their own operations, etc. Going forward, these categories must be separately reported in a standardized way, and even actual leaks must be further broken down – for example, how much lost gas comes from deteriorating pipes, versus pipes hit accidentally during construction, or leaking compressor stations. Just like the 2014 law that required the utilities to publicly report leak numbers and locations for the first time, this new law will give us critically-needed information to use in our work.
205+ Gas Leaks in Arlington
In an effort to change the conversation around the risks of "natural" gas, Mothers Out Front has been raising awareness by drawing attention to leaks in natural gas pipelines. This page tells the story of our ongoing campaign.
On October 27-28, 2018, we will work together to tag 205 UNREPAIRED gas leaks in Arlington, to raise awareness of the dangers of methane gas, and to demand that the utilities "Fix the Leaks First!" This effort builds on our previous campaign in 2016, in which we tagged 177 gas leaks in Arlington.
Making the news: ACMi news from October 20, 2016 includes a few-minute segment (skip to 06:30 in this video) on our gas leaks tagging launch.
Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine, Selectman Joe Curro, and MOF member Susan Lees at Gas Leaks Tagging Launch
Fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline
Our Pipeline Task Force joined "The Fight Is Not Over” on December 17, 2016, a local day of #NoDAPL action coordinated by a group of Native organizers and non-Native allies. The day's events included:
- 9 am rally at the office of the Army Corps of Engineers in Concord
- Relay run to Boston with stops along the way to distribute flyers outside TD Bank branches in Lexington, Arlington, and Cambridge
The Fight Is Not Over featured Arlingtonian Mothers Out Front (lefthand image): Carol Chamberlain (sign around neck) and Anne Wright (tan hat). The Pipeline Task Force demonstrated in front of branches of TD Bank, which has been funding the Dakota Access pipeline, to pass out flyers and encourage customers to move their money.