Many thanks to Congressman Lynch for introducing H.R. 4381, the Natural Gas Pipeline Public Health Protection Act of 2017, which would suspend construction and expansion of natural gas facilities in communities with unsafe air pollutant levels. This certainly can't hurt our cause here in the Basin.Read More
On Monday night there was a meeting at Abigail Adams Middle School in Weymouth to discuss the oil contamination at the proposed compressor site. FRRACS submitted a petition to MassDEP to request a Public Involvement Plan (PIP) in relation to the clean-up of the oil contamination at the site. Sixteen residents signed onto the petition.Read More
On Monday night, we held a special meeting to present data related to air pollution modeling and the proposed compressor station. Dr. Curt Nordgaard lead the presentation, followed by a discussion. We felt that it was important to present the information that we found, especially to folks living on the South Shore, and who commute up Rt 3A over the new bridge.
Dr. Nordgaard's presentation is available for viewing here.
What a wonderful day it was in the park. We were thrilled to see so many people from the community come out to explore and celebrate the park next to the proposed compressor station. In addition to delicious vegetable soup and homemade bread, there were lots of fun games and activities for visitors to enjoy. We had pumpkin painting, face painting, an egg race, bean bag toss, and a donut-eating contest. Visitors also enjoyed a visit from the "Leaky Lemonade" stand -- you pay full price for a leaky cup of lemonade, much like the leaky gas pipes that we are paying for throughout the state.
This event could not have been possible without the generosity of volunteers who gave their time and resources. Many thanks to John for cooking all of the delicious food, Occupy Hingham for serving the food, Margaret for her masterful face-painting, Jerry for organizing the parking, Alice for organizing the volunteers, and to many, many others for the generous help!
We hope everyone enjoyed the day! See below for photos of the Fall Fest.
The proposed compressor site has also designated as a Tier 2 disposal site, due to oil contamination. We submitted a petition for a Public Involvement Plan, which would allow us to be involved in the clean-up process.Read More
This fall FRRACS will be hosting a community festival in the park next to the proposed compressor station. If the compressor station does get built, we could lose access to the public park that sits along the Fore River Basin. We will gather to celebrate the park and all that we have accomplished thus far in the fight against the compressor station. We hope that you will join us in this celebration.Read More
After we presented at the Braintree Town Council meeting in August, Mayor Sullivan and other town members have voiced their concerns about the high levels of benzene in Braintree. Read more in the Braintree News:Read More
Senator Warren was in the neighborhood and stopped by to see the North Parcel! She was incredulous about the close population and the fact that the Federal regulatory commissions (like FERC) would even consider this siting.Read More
It has been a very long two and three quarters years! The latest stay on the Waterways permitting warrants us taking a moment to thank all of you who have fought so long and hard to get to this point. Recognizing that it ain't over, we would still like you all to know that the Fore River Residents do not take your hard work, focus, and dedication for granted.Read More
Great news, folks! MassDEP has issued a stay on our appeal of Spectra's waterways permit. This comes after the their decision to place a stay on the wetlands permit. The list of permits currently on hold has now grown to 4: wetlands, CZM, air quality, and waterways. The fight is not yet over, but this is certainly something to celebrate!Read More
On Tuesday night, FRRACS spoke in front of the Braintree Town Council to present data on air quality and our concerns regarding current levels of pollution. Dr. Nordgaard discussed the results and Mike Lang and Alice Arena spoke in more detail about our efforts to stop the compressor station. We are grateful the Council took the time to listen to our concerns, and we are hopeful that the dialogue will continue.Read More
Nearly a year ago today, Coastal Zone Management (CZM) issued a one year stay on their review of the compressor station. They explained that they needed to obtain more information from Spectra, before they could conduct a review. That decision was issued on August 3, 2016. Today they have announced that they will be extending the stay by six months. This is excellent news, and will continue to hold up the project. You can read the letter here or below.Read More
Some good news: Senate Bill 469 - an act relative to positioning of compressor stations was reported out favorably by the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture.
We thank Senator O'Oconnor and many others, for all their hard work on this bill. And many thanks to the folks who called committee members to ask that the vote favorably on the bill.Read More
Congressman Lynch met with local residents in Weymouth and Braintree, to discuss the community's efforts to conduct air quality testing. He met with Dr. Nordgaard, who has helped lead the testing, as well as other community members. He is now calling on the EPA to conduct further testing. We are grateful to the Congressman for his continued support and his intervention on behalf of his constituents in the Fore River Basin.Read More