Category Archives: Fracking

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.”

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PA to MA: The Fracking Connection

by Patricia A. Gozemba

Tuesday, March 6 at 7 PM – 9 PM 45 Pauline St, Winthrop, MA

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Clean Water Action, Mothers Out Front, and Mass Power Forward are bringing people from the fracking fields of the Marcellus Shale in PA to MA to share their stories of the daily horrors that they live with from the unregulated fracking industry.

The fracking industry is thriving. The people and their communities are not. There continues to be a big push in MA by our utilities to build new pipelines, paid for by ratepayers like us, to get the PA gas to the coast for export. The utilities tell us that the pipelines will secure a supply of gas to heat our homes in the winter. Conservation Law Foundation and a slew of other independent analysts point out that this is hogwash and just an opportunity for utilities to make more money.

Hear the folks who live in the fracking fields tell their story.

You’re Invited to “We’re In This Together: Battling for Clean Energy and Fighting Fracking from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts.”

Join with concerned environmentalists on Tuesday March 6th from 7-9 pm at the Lyceum Room in the Edward B. Newton School for an evening with community leaders from the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania. They live at the other end of the fracked gas pipelines that connect to Massachusetts. Speakers sharing their powerful stories will include Lois Bjornson, Craig Leland Stevens, Brian Latkanich and Jane Worthington whose communities are surrounded by fracking wells and facilities. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Clean Water Action, Friends of Belle Isle Marsh, Mothers Out Front and the Mass Power Forward coalition.