‘Gas Leaks and Our Health’

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On Monday, April 23, at 7pm in the Druker Auditorium of the Newton Free Library (330 Homer St., Newton),  join us for a panel discussion describing how gas leaks damage human and tree health and about organized efforts to protect our families and communities at the local and state level. 

Newton has almost 600 unrepaired gas leaks from the pipelines under our streets. This gas is methane, a potent heat-trapping greenhouse gas. It can be explosive, kills our trees and contributes to air pollution. Most of our gas is “fracked gas” that is extracted in a process using more than 1000 chemicals. The utility companies add the cost of the lost gas to ratepayers’ bills.   

Panelists include Zeyneb Magavi, Curtis Norgaard MD and Nathan Phillips.  Zeyneb Magavi is Research Director at HEET (Home Energy Efficiency Team) and leader with Mothers Out Front in Cambridge, with a background in physics, global health and sustainability. Curtis Nordgaard, MD, is a board certified pediatrician, cofounder of Mass Health Professionals for Clean Energy, and board member of Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station. Nathan Phillips is Acting Director of the Sustainable Neighborhood Lab and Professor in the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University.  

The program will be moderated by Ann Berwick, Co-Director of Sustainability for the City of Newton, formerly the Undersecretary for Energy and Chair of the Department of Public Utilities under Governor Patrick. 

Co-sponsored by Green Newton, Mothers Out Front (MOF), the League of and Women Voters Newton (LWVN) and 350 Mass Newton.

Headline image: Volunteer tests for gas leaks in Newton. Photo courtesy of Ken and Margaret Mallory.