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Blanding Public Library

REHOBOTH — With explosions and other incidents still fresh in the public’s minds, a forum will be held Tuesday on the potential dangers of natural gas.

“How Safe is Your Community? Gas Leaks — Grassroots Air and Water Testing” will be held at 7:15 p.m., at Blanding Public Library, 124 Bay State Road.

Bob Ackley, the president of Gas Safety, and Nathan Phillips, a Boston University professor who works with Gas Leak Allies, will be the speakers.

The forum is being presented by Citizens Against the Rehoboth Compressor Station, which formed in 2016 after a gas compressor station was proposed to run through Rehoboth near the Attleboro and Seekonk lines.

Spectra Energy’s Access Northeast gas capacity project was put on hold by a 2017 Supreme Court decision preventing electric ratepayers from financing that project.

CARCS representatives also cite as reasons for the forum the natural gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley in September and other potentially dangerous incidents in the region, including an under-pressurization episode in Newport in January where thousands had no heat for days.

The incidents share a common thread, CARCS said.

“This is a conclusion pro-gas lobbyists and pipeline operators would prefer we didn’t make,” the group said in a prepared statement. “The pipeline system delivering gas for fuel to our homes and businesses is leaking large quantities of gas due to an aging and crumbling infrastructure.”

The speakers will lead a discussion on the “health risks and dangers of explosive gas, and detail what we can do as individuals and municipalities to change a defective and unresponsive oversight system that puts all of us at risk,” CARCS said.

Stephen Peterson can be reached at 508-236-0377.

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