Gregoire’s Support of the Enviroment
Category : General
I have known state Rep. Danielle Gregoire for many years, going back to my days as state Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, and as the state Secretary of Environmental Affairs. She has always been a staunch environmental advocate because she knows everything that makes Massachusetts such a great place to live work and raise a family depends on a healthful environment.
Her work on behalf of constituents affected by the gasoline leak from the Citgo gas station on Bolton Street has been in line with her environmental commitment. The remediation of the gasoline spill from this property, which dates back to 2012, is extremely complex and requires state environmental and elected officials, the City of Marlborough, the affected residents and the station owner to work together for a solution.
For her part, Rep. Gregoire helped secure $1.5 million in state funding to put ground contamination monitoring and vapor suppression systems in place. She also secured an additional $1.5 million to clean up the spill. But this money must legally be held in abeyance until the ongoing court case, either through trial, or mediation between the residents and the station owner, is complete.
In the meantime, she has filed legislation to require gas station owners to carry environmental liability insurance, to allow the state to clean up private property spills without a court settlement, and to allow the state to take by eminent domain such properties to make property owners whole when their values have dropped due to contamination that is not their fault.
I know Rep. Gregoire will continue to advocate for the affected families, and indeed for all of her constituents, if the voters see fit to return her to her post in the Nov. 8 election, and I urge them to do just that.
To read the article in the Metro West Daily News