In wake of the horrific gas explosions in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, a trio of Boston City Councilors are calling for an examination of the city's gas safety infrastructure. District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley, District 2 City Councilor and At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, filed the order to hold a future hearing at Wednesday's City Council meeting. For O'Malley, it continues his pursuit to make sure the city's gas lines are safe. In 2016, as chair of the council's Environment, Sustainability and Parks Committee, O'Malley led the passing of a city law that would reduce gas leaks, improve safety, help the environment and lessen the cost of gas. But it has not been implemented due to gas company National Grid's lawsuit opposing its implementation.
If you've wondered what those utility crews have been doing on McBride Street, we've got the answer. National Grid is investigating reported gas odors in the area. They've ruled out leaks from nearby houses, according to Danielle Horn, spokesperson for the company. Crews are making street excavations to test the pipelines. If you smell gas, you can report it to National Grid via 1-800-233-5325.
Cheap gas isn't the first that leaps to mind when you think of JP. But according to AAA, several stations in the neighborhood are selling fuel at 24 cents below Boston averages. Local artist Jessica Burko started a Twitter frenzy Thursday with this message:
Anyone looking for cheap gas in #JamaicaPlain? Gibbs on Centre Street has it. @universalhub @02130News @JP_02130 pic.twitter.com/ZchiF3uZe8— Jessica Burko (@JessicaBurko) October 23, 2014
A check of other stations shows Gibbs' $2.93 for regular isn't an outlier.