Protect our environment and the health of our citizens by requiring gas pipelines be kept in good repair. We must not be sending methane into the atmosphere! We would not need to import fracked gas to the region at all if conservation was practiced and renewal energy sources were developed, but if gas line repairs were made, we would be able to at least reduce our need for fossil fuels.
Why is this important?
Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a Harvard study estimated that 15 billion cubic feet of natural gas, worth some $90 million, escapes the regional delivery system each year, which is about 2.7 percent of the gas delivered to the Boston region. "The scientists said the steady release of natural gas negatively impacts the region's economy, health and environment." It is an issue that our Department of Public Health must address. We cannot afford to pollute our commonwealth!