To the editor:

On Nov. 6, 2019, the Danvers Board of Selectman sent state Rep. Theodore Speliotis a letter “strongly urging his support of H2828 (An act to modernize our natural gas infrastructure).”

In the summer of 2016, the Massachusetts Municipal Association endorsed similar legislation, stating “gas leaks are harmful to the environment and can be a threat to public safety.” This was prior to the Merrimack Valley explosions of Sept. 13, 2018.

The Salem News editorial of Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, stated “The problem of aging and leaky natural gas lines has haunted many Bay State communities for years.” In fact, National Grid identified 106 gas leaks in Danvers alone in 2017, which is killing street trees, adding to greenhouse gas emissions, wasting gas and passing the cost on to consumers.

The editorial goes on to state “a panel reviewing the final report found National Grid is lagging in reporting gas leaks.” I suggest they are lagging on repairing said leaks.

Given that Rep. Speliotis never responded to our Nov. 6 letter I suggest that he and his fellow legislators are lagging on supporting legislation to compel gas companies to modernize their natural gas infrastructure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our atmosphere.

Daniel C. Bennett


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