"How Gas Leaks Affect Our Trees: The science, the signs, and what we can do" is a panel discussion set for Thursday, May 28, from 1 to 2 p.m.

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Town Manager Adam Chapelaine will moderate a presentation and discussion with an expert panel:

  • Dr. Nathan Philips, Boston University: How do methane leaks affect trees?
  • Bob Ackley, Gas Safety USA: What does the impact of methane on trees look like in our towns?
  • Brandon Schmitt, Director, Wellesley Natural Resources Department: How are some municipalities addressing this problem and what more needs to be done? 

The Multi-Town Gas Leaks Initiative was launched about a year and a half ago to look for ways towns could work together to accelerate progress on gas leaks. This spring, four teams were planning pilot projects (three partnering with National Grid, now on hold) with one team focused on the issue of gas leaks and trees. This webinar is the result of the tree team’s early discussions.

Invitations included Lise Olney, Wellesley Board of Selectmen

Leah Robins, MAPC

Audrey Schulman, HEET

Brooks Winner, MAPC

Anne Wright, Mothers Out Front Arlington


2018 guest column, Anne Wright, Brucie Moulton of Mothers Out Front >> 
Arlington gas leaks reported to National Grid, 2015 >>
National Grid FAQ on gas leaks >>  
Sept. 18, 2018: Gas explosions put spotlight on National Grid lockout, safety
June 5, 2018: Tree removals denied as Town Hall Garden rehab begins
June 11, 2018: Overnight work sliced off trees killed by gas

This news announcement was published Wednesday, May 27, 2020.