By adamg on Mon, 09/17/2018 - 11:21pm
City Councilors Matt O'Malley, Ed Flynn and Ayanna Pressley will seek permission from their fellow councilors on Wednesday for a hearing to consider the safety of Boston's natural-gas networks - and whether steps can be taken to make it even safer.
O'Malley - who has long been critical of National Grid for its pace in fixing leaks in the system - and Flynn say last week's disaster in the Lawrence area make such a hearing vitally important.
The City of Boston can explore the prevalence of natural gas safety features such as automatic shutoff valves, communications strategies to inform residents through multiple sources about disaster preparedness, and optimized coordination with utilities
National Grid serves most of Boston; Eversource serves part of Hyde Park.
The city's regular Wednesday meeting begins at noon in its fifth-floor chambers in City Hall.