Spectra Energy has identified North Weymouth as their preferred location for a Compressor Station for their Atlantic Bridge and Access Northeast pipeline projects.
SPECTRA Energy is a Houston-based energy conglomerate with a market capitalization of approximately $17 Billion dollars. They are working in conjunction with Eversource Energy and National Grid on an ambitious expansion of the Natural Gas infrastructure in the Northeast.
SPECTRA originally proposed a Compressor Station in Weymouth as part of Atlantic Bridge, but a subsequent application calls for the expansion of the not-yet-built-Weymouth-Compressor for Access Northeast.
Part 2: Access Northeast
Compressor: Despite opposition to the initial proposal, Spectra Energy has signaled their intention to expand (almost triple!) the compressor station further once built. In fact, the Access Northeast website refers to the Existing Weymouth Compressor Station!
As part of the next phase of their eastern seaboard Access Northeast project, Spectra calls for the compressor station to be increased from 7,500 to 10,900 horsepower, which will increase the air, noise, and health impacts. Read coverage of the proposed expansion in Weymouth - Wicked Local
Pipeline: A 30" high pressurized gas pipeline will start in Pond Meadow, which is conservation land, run through two major state roads (Rt. 18 & 53 - both of which transport upwards of 25,000 vehicles a day), cross through a residential area known as Presidents Hill, go under our active railroad tracks and go through the Fore River, which already houses a 24" gas pipeline underneath it.
Should an explosion occur in such a highly congested and residential area like what happened in Pennsylvania in April 2016 on a Spectra pipeline, the effects would be catastrophic.