WESTON - Selectmen voted unanimously last week to spend up to $30,000 for Bob Ackley of Gas Safety Inc. to further study natural gas leaks in town.
Ackley said the purpose of the study is to “show we can save trees, reduce greenhouse gas and make a safe community where people aren’t worried about gas.”
In February, selectmen approved spending $3,500 for an initial audit by Ackley. Using a Cavity Ringdown Spectrometer, he found far more leaks than National Grid had reported.
“It’s quite alarming in some ways to know we possibly have 334 unrepaired gas leaks in our town,” said Liz Steel, a member of Sustainable Weston Action Group (SWAG).
Pigeon Hill Road was found to have many leaks, and one massive gas leak at Winter and Bogle streets has migrated more than 5,000 square feet and damaged trees.
“This one leak location had six affected trees and three stumps,” said Ackley. “So any gas leak that’s migrating into the roots of a tree should be repaired right away.”
Steel said residents in that area who were interviewed said the gas smell is “just horrendous.” (read more)
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