Massachusetts public health officials want gas health and safety studies (Energy News Network 11/16/18)
Massachusetts public health officials are asking Gov. Charlie Baker to require studies of potential health and safety dangers before approving any new natural gas infrastructure in the state.
“What we want to say to him is: No more fracked gas infrastructure without a comprehensive study in advance of how it is going to affect the health and safety of the people nearby,” said Deb Pasternak, interim president of the Massachusetts Sierra Club, which is coordinating the effort.
Campaign organizers delivered letters to the governor and legislative leaders last week signed by 77 local boards of health representing more than 40 percent of the state’s population. The smallest municipality to join the effort thus far is the western Massachusetts town of Peru, population 847; the largest is the capital city of Boston, representing more than 617,000 residents. (read more)
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