Markey says FERC rethinking Weymouth Compressor
Senator offers no additional details; agency's plan unclear
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
FEDERAL ENERGY regulators will reconsider their approval for the controversial natural gas compressor station in Weymouth less than a year and a half after they gave it the OK to go into service, US Sen. Ed Markey said Friday.
Other than saying that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission “announced it will reconsider the authorization of the Weymouth Compressor Station,” Markey’s office did not provide any details. But the docket numbers associated with the Algonquin Gas Transmission and Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline-owned compressor station are listed on the agenda for unspecified action at a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission meeting planned for Thursday.“The Weymouth compressor station is a clear threat to our communities and the environment and does nothing to address energy reliability in Massachusetts. I am pleased that FERC has finally heeded my repeated calls to revisit the unwarranted approval of this dangerous project,” Markey said in a statement. “Local community members and environmental justice advocates have long opposed this project, and its repeated emergency gas releases and shutdowns have only given credence to their concerns … I look forward to continuing to work with the Weymouth community and the dedicated activists to ensure that FERC does the right thing and finally shuts this project down for good.”
The facility has for years drawn sharp opposition from state lawmakers, environmental and health activists, and groups of local residents. It received all necessary permits from the Baker administration and from federal officials.