ommunity members have been conducting air quality testing in and around the Fore River Basin for the past year. Last week, a group of folks sat with a VOC canister to collect a 24-hr sample. We would like to thank all who took time out of their day--and night!--to deliver and babysit the VOC canister at the site. As soon as we have any results, we will be discussing them.Read More
Candidate for Governor, Jay Gonzales, opposes the compressor station.
FRRACS does not endorse particular candidates, but we welcome the opportunity to work with all those who understand the gravity of our situation and the gravity of climate change and how it is already negatively affecting us all.Read More
The City of Quincy has been a great ally in the fight against the compressor. Thanks to the work of local residents and community groups, including Quincy Climate Action Network, the City of Quincy has passed two resolutions relating to the compressor station: One resolution deals with waterways issues (2016); the other deals with both S.469 and air quality monitoring (2017). We'd also like to thank Councillors Croall and LaForest for continuous, dedicated efforts in the fight against the compressor.Read More
The Town of Weymouth filed their appeal of the Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection's (MassDEP) Written Determination for the Waterways License. You can read the Town's appeal here or below. We are grateful for their continued support and efforts in the fight against the compressor.Read More
On May 30, Dr. Curt Nordgaard presented data on the air quality near the proposed compressor site. We posted a recap of the meeting here and have a few videos of Dr. Nordgaard's presentation on our facebook. The Patriot Ledger also published a recap of the meeting, which you can read here.
Now that we've presented and talked about the results, it's time to take action! Read below for an outline of a few action items:Read More
MassDEP submitted their Written Determination for Spectra's Ch. 91 Waterways Permit earlier this month. Their determination is to conditionally approve the Ch. 91 permit. MassDEP will be accepting comments on this through June 7. We have compiled a short commenting guideline that folks are welcome to use.Read More
To better understand current levels of air pollution in the form of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), FRRACS worked with GeoLabs/Phoenix Environmental Laboratories, a local testing laboratory using EPA approved testing methods to gather data in and around the Fore River Basin. FRRACS and the North Weymouth Civic Association also purchased formaldehyde testing badges that were analyzed by Advanced Chemical Sensors, a certified testing laboratory. The results were alarming.Read More
Congressman Lynch wrote a letter of concern to the Executive Director of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), which falls under the U.S. Department of Transportation. For nearly two years, we have been trying to engage in conversation with PHMSA, as this is a project that should heavily concern them. We are glad that Congressman Lynch has raised his concerns with them. You can read the full letter below.Read More
News coverage of our fight against the compressor station has been building this past week. We're happy to see that word of this is starting to spread beyond the South Shore. Read more for links to recent news article and video clips.Read More
The MassDEP released a letter today explaining that they intend to approve Spectra's Ch. 91 Waterways permit, pursuant upon "Special Conditions" to be carried out by Spectra. We were not expecting it as we were under the impression that it could not be issued without the Wetlands permit.
There is a 21-day commenting period -- comments are due June 7. More info and a commenting guideline coming soon!Read More
State Senator O'Connor has submitted a bill that would prevent the construction of compressor stations within a half mile of certain facilities and vulnerable areas, and we need folks to attend the Joint Committee hearing on Tuesday, May 16 at 1pm.Read More