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SAFE Wins Historic Salem Inc. Award

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Presented by Rep. Paul Tucker

“As part of SAFE’s (Salem Alliance for the Environment’s) work to protect the health and efficient use of resources in Salem they have been advocating, researching and pushing for understanding, accurate reporting, and repair of natural gas leaks throughout Salem.  While preservation often focuses on the visible – and what is “pretty” it is an honor to recognize the equally important efforts to maintain and repair the unseen aspects of our historic city.  With infrastructure of all kinds surpassing 100 years of service there continues to be a need for information gathering, decision-making and prioritization of funds and efforts to ensure our current resources remain serviceable.  This principle is applicable to preservation at any level.

SAFE’s work is motivated by environmental concerns, with life and health concerns the driving force.  A lesson to all preservationists that we would all be well served to consider how sustainability, functionality and resource management are connected to the care and viability of our historic cities.

We thank Salem Alliance for the Environment and Pat Gozemba who is here to accept the award.”

Bob Ackley, president of Gas Safety Inc., the man who in 2016 did so much work for Salem and for SAFE in detecting the 232 gas/methane leaks in Salem as compared with the 62 leaks acknowledged by National Grid.

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Bob Ackley of Gas Safety Inc., Pat Gozemba, Co-Chair of SAFE, and Rep. Paul Tucker.

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Indoor Air Quality-Methane in Our Houses?

None of us should be living in homes with leaking natural gas/methane that causes asthma and COPD. But some of us do. Usually we’ll smell the gas, but sometimes we become so accustomed to the odor (turning on a gas stove) that we begin to ignore it. Don’t.

Compound the known presence of leaking gas in our buildings with research showing that close to 90% of the gas that we are using in MA is sourced through fracking and a serious health threat emerges. Physicians for Social Responsibility show in their recent report Too Dirty, Too Dangerous, that numbers of the chemicals used in fracking pose serious threats to our health. Recently, researchers at Harvard, BU, and major area hospitals have begun to analyze the elements in the gas we are using and have found known carcinogens that are especially dangerous for children and seniors.

Bob Ackley of Gas Safety Inc. continues to volunteer with SAFE in tracking down indoor gas/methane leaks. Check out this video showing how Ackley tested in Salem homes in August 2018.

Through the generosity of Ackley, SAFE will continue this testing beginning again on April 12, 2019. Stay tuned for programming from SAFE on this project and other gas leaks projects this summer.

If you want to work with SAFE on gas leaks, email Pat Gozemba at salemsafe@gmail.com with the subject line “Gas Leaks.”

Coastal Resiliency Forum 12.6.18, 7pm 12 Federal St., Salem, MA

Need convincing about why we should have hope as we tackle Coastal Resiliency? Michael Kimmelman shows and tells us what Rotterdam is doing. Succeeding in dealing with rising seas, “The Dutch Have Solutions to Rising Seas. The World Is Watching.”

ROTTERDAM, the Netherlands — The wind over the canal stirred up whitecaps and rattled cafe umbrellas. Rowers strained toward a finish line and spectators hugged the shore. Henk Ovink, hawkish, wiry, head shaved, watched from a V.I.P. deck, one eye on the boats, the other, as usual, on his phone.

Mr. Ovink is the country’s globe-trotting salesman in chief for Dutch expertise on rising water and climate change. Like cheese in France or cars in Germany, climate change is a business in the Netherlands. Month in, month out, delegations from as far away as Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City, New York and New Orleans make the rounds in the port city of Rotterdam. They often end up hiring Dutch firms, which dominate the global market in high-tech engineering and water management.

That’s because from the first moment settlers in this small nation started pumping water to clear land for farms and houses, water has been the central, existential fact of life in the Netherlands, a daily matter of survival and national identity. No place in Europe is under greater threat than this waterlogged country on the edge of the Continent. Much of the nation sits below sea level and is gradually sinking. Now climate change brings the prospect of rising tides and fiercer storms. Read more

Coastal Resiliency, 12.6.18, 7-8:30

SAFE is excited to be presenting SSCW Exec. Dir. Barbara Warren speaking on the topic of coastal resiliency at the SSCW headquarters at 12 Federal St., Salem. Audience limited to 30! To reserve your seat email salemSAFE@gmail.com and you will receive an email  confirmation.

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Honoring Jeff Barz Snell 11.12.18, 5:30-7:30

by Pat Gozemba

Our esteemed co-chair and Salem icon Jeff has left town, but he is not forgotten. Join SAFE in honoring him at the Hawthorne on Nov. 12 from 5:30-7:30. Tickets are available online Honoring Jeff Barz Snell or you can mail a check made out to SAFE to Treasurer David Rowand at 109 Columbus Ave. Salem, MA 01970. Costs on flyer. Please spread the word!

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Fight Climate Change with One Final Halloween Event: The Great Pumpkin Drop

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Gas Leaks/Human Health 10.9.18, 7pm

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