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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3235        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2776


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Lori A. Ehrlich


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to greenhouse gases and arbor damage.






Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

David Paul Linsky

5th Middlesex

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Frank I. Smizik

15th Norfolk

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Edward F. Coppinger

10th Suffolk

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3235        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2776

By Ms. Ehrlich of Marblehead, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2776) of Lori A. Ehrlich and others relative to greenhouse gases and arbor damage.  Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act relative to greenhouse gases and arbor damage.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1.  Chapter 21N of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Edition is hereby amended by adding after section 9 the following section:-

              Section 10. Any potential hazard resulting from gas leakage to persons, property or the environment due to leaking methane as a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) shall be prescribed remedial actions. Each operator shall promptly respond to any notification of a gas leak, gas odor or any notification of damage to facilities by excavators or other outside sources to protect persons and property and limit the amount of GHG expelled to the atmosphere.

              Any suspected damage to trees due to any gas leak from a utility owned pipeline should be reported to the company responsible for inspection by a qualified arborist. Repairs, damages and replacements will be subject to the rules and regulations of the department of public utilities and the executive office of environmental affairs.  

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