A group of enthusiastic volunteers posted “tree couture” tassels to mark gas leaks in town on May 7.
Lincoln’s chapter of Mothers Out Front staged the event to draw attention to underground gas leaks. They hung brightly colored scarves—knitted by members and decorated with tassels as part of a “tree couture” designed by landscape designer and artist Carol Michener Card—along with notices calling attention to some of the underground natural gas leaks in town. These leaks contribute to global warming, but utilities are not required to repair them unless they pose an immediate danger. There are more than 40 known leaks in Lincoln.
Along with opening speakers, organizers sold “leaky lemonade” in cups with holes purposely punched in the bottom to illustrate the idea that consumers still pay for leaked gas.