WESTON — The town will spend $3,500 to better understand its gas infrastructure, with possibly another $15,000 to $25,000 to be spent in the future to study gas leaks.
Liz Steel, of the Sustainable Weston Action Group, told selectmen last week that the town has an “aging and corroding gas infrastructure,” like many communities throughout the state.
According to Steel, Massachusetts has the second-oldest gas pipelines in the country after Maryland, with “a lot of pipes over 100 years old.”
Older gas pipes in Weston made of corroding cast iron are a “real issue for gas companies,” according to Steel. “They’re trying to replace it as fast as they can, but it’s just too much. Maintenance is being neglected, as in all other infrastructure projects over the last 20 years.”
National Grid reported at the end of 2017 that there were more than 140 gas leaks in town.
During the last year, Steel said some of the leaks have been fixed, but Department of Public Works Director Tom Cullen noted “other areas have maybe gotten worse.” (read more)
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