Third Wellesley gas release to happen on October 8, 2019

The third planned natural gas release in Wellesley since August 18, 2019 is scheduled to go forward on Tuesday, October 8. Due to planned maintenance work, Algonquin Gas will be releasing odorized natural gas near Walnut Street in Wellesley.

The release location is at the valve site near 68 Walnut Street in Wellesley and Quinobequin Road in Newton.

This gas is being intentionally released from the Algonquin pipeline, the main gas distribution line for the northeast. A segment of the pipeline runs through Wellesley.

Work will occur during the day between 7am and 7pm.

Equipment will be in the area through Wednesday, October 16 while the maintenance work is done.

There will be a slight odor and noise associated with this work. Gas company personnel will be on site throughout the release process and maintenance work.

Residents in the release areas have been notified, as have Wellesley Fire and Police Departments. Town officials have no further details on this work.

Gas release, Wellesley
Wellesley College student at River Rd. bridge in Weston where it goes over I-95 protest the gas release.

Two additional recent gas releases have occurred recently in Wellesley: one gas release took place on August 18, 2019 and another gas release took place on August 27, 2019.

According to Sustainable Wellesley representatives, “Very high levels of methane were recorded in the area by Dr. Nathan Phillips of Boston University during the August releases. Methane is an extremely potent greenhouse gas that is contributing to the devastating effects of global warming. Methane is also known to have a negative effect on human health.”

For questions, contact Algonquin Gas at 781-329-3750 during regular business hours. You may also call the Spectra Energy Gas Control 24-hour call line at 1-800-726-8383.