Somerville/Medford Speakup Line:Somerville Neighborhood Gas Smell Still Out Of Control

Dear Billy T and Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line,

Follow up to the below message that you had graciously printed for me. Thanks for chatting with me yesterday!

Nothing has changed in regards to the smell of gas. I have called national grid, neighbors have called on my street and surrounding streets yet there is still no change.

Spring is right around the corner. Do we have to go ANOTHER spring and summer without being able to open windows and enjoy our own backyards? Is there someone willing to come light the propane tank for a BBQ knowing gas is in the air? Somerville is essentially shut down still, where do you suggest we go in order to enjoy the outside? We are currently dealing with snow. Is there someone that wants to come shovel while inhaling the fumes? It’s nauseating not to mention the headaches that come with it. I’ve offered once and will offer again to have the people “in charge” to come visit or stay themselves to see if they can handle it. It absurd that it’s going on a year and THERE IS NO CHANGE. According to National Grid, the emergency level isn’t that high so “it’s no big deal.” Or “what’s the problem?” Or even better, “I was dealing with a real emergency and got called here for this??”. There has to be a solution but no one seems to want to be bothered. It’s no wonder people are moving. If it doesn’t benefit the people “up top”, it’s a non issue to them.

Now angry Somerville resident.

Hi there!

I have a very long story but short version…national grid has been doing work as I’m sure you are aware for quite a few months. The gas smell is out of control. I was told once my house was connected to the new meters and the old gas lines were turned off, I wouldn’t smell it anymore. By Matt Carmody the construction supervisor. This has been a giant lie. The smell is so overwhelming that even with my windows and storm windows closed you can smell it in the house especially at 2/3am when there is little traffic to move the smell around. I have contacted National grid, the mayors office, Shimat Kamal (the national grid rep for Somerville), Matt Carmody, Pat Jehlen (who tried to help but got the same answers I did), Matt McLaughlin, called 311 who sent the fire department…I can’t think of anyone else but do you know who might actually be able to help me????? I literally can’t take it anymore. I don’t sleep, I can’t hang out in my yard with my dog and wasn’t able to all summer. Now I have to shovel while inhaling fumes? I’ve offered to let them spend the day and night at my place but I’m sure you can guess that didn’t happen lol

How can I get this resolved once and for all? No one will help me or give me straight answers. I’m tired of the bs. And of course no one else in my neighborhood will do anything because they know it’s not worth the time to get no help.

Thanks in advance,

Seriously frustrated Somerville Resident

Prior article regarding this situation:

Somerville Speakup Line: The gas smell is out of control

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