SAFE is concerned about natural gas leaks in our city because the leaks:
- Cause climate change
- Kill trees
- Are potentially explosive
- Hurt human health
- Cost ratepayers
Learn where the gas shut off valves are outside and inside your house and where the shut off valves are for all of your gas appliances.
City Identifies Gas Leaks on Salem.com
SAFE collaborated with Gas Leaks Allies and the City of Salem GIS coordinator Jack Nessen to produce a GIS map of all of the gas leaks in Salem. The map, which is available in multiple languages, provides information about current and past leaks, the severity of the leak, and its repair status. The site also includes a wealth of information about natural gas leaks and their impact on our community.
At a citywide forum, introduced by Mayor Kim Driscoll, Nessen and Dominic Nicholson of HEET unveiled the first-in-the-Commonwealth interactive gas leaks map.
Haunted by Gas Leaks?
Our History with Gas Leaks
In the summer of 2016, SAFE identified over 250 leaks in a survey of the city. By contrast National Grid reported only 62 leaks.
Dr. Marcos Luna, professor of geography at Salem State University and coordinator of the graduate GIS program, explains the process of surveying Salem’s gas leaks in this presentation.
In November 2017, SAFE presented data on Salem’s gas leaks at a public forum titled “The Hidden Costs of Salem’s Gas Leaks.” Featured speakers included Dr. Luna, Dr. Nathan Phillips from Boston University, Bob Ackley of Gas Safety Inc., and Mayor Kim Driscoll.
If you want to learn more about gas leaks in Salem, visit SAFE’s Gas Leaks Resources page.