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Gas Leaks Ordinance a Win-Win for Environment and Economy

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Mayor Walsh takes big step toward addressing rampant pollution problem

December 23, 2016 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh signing into law the gas leaks ordinance designed to address the cost, safety and environmental concerns associated with repairing under-serviced pipes. The ordinance, which was passed by the City Council last week and will go into effect on July 1, calls for more transparency on gas leaks and better coordination between roadwork crews.

“Every second, thousands of natural gas leaks, invisible to the naked eye, are polluting the air and endangering the health of communities throughout Massachusetts,” said CLF advocate Megan Herzog. “And to add insult to injury, the cost of that lost gas is passed on to consumers, with businesses and families footing the bill for leaky infrastructure. By prioritizing repairs on already-opened roads and promoting greater information transparency, this ordinance takes a meaningful step toward ensuring we can address the serious problem of gas leaks in a safe, logical, and economically beneficial way.”

CLF experts are available for further comment.