Timeline of the Compressor Station Fight: Jan. 2015 - Aug. 2019

Timeline of the Compressor Station Fight: Jan. 2015 - Aug. 2019

It’s hard to believe that we have been fighting the compressor station proposal for four and half years now. Though the fight has been exhausting at times, we know that we have no choice but to bring an end to this dangerous proposal. We could not have made it this far without the incredible support of our community and allies.

It can be hard to recall everything that has happened since the start, so we assembled a brief timeline to give you a snapshot of what has occurred. You can view the timeline here or below.

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CZM extends stay on their review of the compressor to Aug. 15

CZM extends stay on their review of the compressor to Aug. 15

We are back in "stay" with CZM until August 15th. We have nothing else official on this but will report as soon as we do.

Remember, the DEP does not have to adhere to any particular timelines with Enbridge and FERC cannot make them do so. Fingers crossed, Campers!

Read more here: The Boston Globe - Key deadline for approval of Weymouth compressor station pushed back

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Residents raise concerns about firm conducting soil testing

Residents raise concerns about firm conducting soil testing

After a lengthy process with DEP, Enbridge has been ordered to conduct soil testing at the proposed compressor station site due to existing contamination. We filed our initial request for an audit of the contamination at the site two years ago. Last week it was announced that Enbridge had missed their deadline to submit soil samples, so the deadline was extended to January 2020. One of our board members, Margaret, sent a letter to DEP, to request that the new sampling be down by a different firm. Enbridge has been working with TRC, which has been the source of many conflicts. Margaret is also the head of the group that initiated the clean-up effort with DEP — it’s known as the PIP (Public Involvement Plan). We thank Margaret for her tireless work on this issue.

We know the site is far, far more contaminated than TRC reported under LSP Kelly Race. Now we have an LSP who can't tell the difference between "historic fill" and industrially contaminated soil. Time for a new LSP, don't you think, Campers? More here:The Patriot Ledger - Residents want new firm for soil testing at Weymouth site

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MA House of Reps pass Air Quality Monitor Legislation

MA House of Reps pass Air Quality Monitor Legislation

Members of the legislature are working to get a bill passed that would require the placement of an air quality monitor in the Fore River Basin. This of course will not stop the construction of the proposed compressor station, but will be important to have if this dangerous project does see the light of day. We thank our reps, including Reps. Murphy and Mariano, who have been leading this effort.

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Quincy Environmental Fair was a success!

Quincy Environmental Fair was a success!

FRRACS attended the Quincy Environmental Fair today. Despite the heat, it was a beautiful day! It was great to see community members coming together to celebrate the environmental efforts that we are all working on. Each group had an activity of some sort or a skit that they performed. We decided to continue with our mural from our recent Painting in the Park event. Yvonne, a local artist, created the mural with impeccable detail. Many thanks to Yvonne for creating such a beautiful piece of art that can be shared with so many.

And many thanks to Quincy Climate Action Network for organizing the event and for inviting us to participate.

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Enbridge misses deadline for soil testing at proposed compressor site

Enbridge misses deadline for soil testing at proposed compressor site

After the DEP determined that the contamination at the proposed compressor station site was in fact not “historic fill”, they ordered Enbridge to complete more soil testing. Enbridge was given until July 19th to complete their testing but missed the deadline. Because they missed the deadline, DEP has entered Enbridge into an administrative consent order (ACO), which they have until January of 2020 to complete. This ACO requires Enbridge to do more testing and analysis. This is good news as it buys us a bit more time. You can read more from The Patriot Ledger.

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Heat Advisory for July 19-July 21

Heat Advisory for July 19-July 21

Weymouth residents looking to escape the upcoming extreme heat can find comfort at the Fogg Library (1 Columbian St) and the Whipple Senior Center (182 Green St). On Friday, July 19th, the Whipple Senior Center will be open from 9:00am to 7:00pm, and the Fogg Library will be open from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

In addition, Weymouth residents in need of a place to cool down beyond these hours and over the weekend, on Saturday or Sunday, can call the Mayor’s Emergency Hot Line at 1-800-297-5733.

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Bridge Standout to Stop the Compressor

Bridge Standout to Stop the Compressor

We gathered today in response to Commissioner Suuberg’s decision to give the green light to the Air Quality permit based on the faulty judgement of the presiding officer. Nearly 50 people stood on the Fore River Bridge as dozens of cars drove by, honking their horns in support of the fight. We had a burma shade of signs indicating the pollutants that are present in the Basin: “You are now breathing toluene, 1,3-butadiene, 1, 4-dioxane, benzene, and formaldehyde.” Many thanks to everyone who came out in the heat to lend their support!

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State House News Service - Compressor Opponents Gain Big New Ally: Mass Senate

State House News Service - Compressor Opponents Gain Big New Ally: Mass Senate

Twenty-nine state senators sent a letter to Commissioner Suuberg and Governor Baker in an effort to put a stop to the compressor station proposal. You can read more about it here: State House News Service - COMPRESSOR OPPONENTS GAIN BIG NEW ALLY: MASS. SENATE

It is not possible for us to thank all of the Senators enough for this bipartisan effort to end this nightmare in our communities.

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29 State Senators send a letter to DEP urging them to deny the compressor station

29 State Senators send a letter to DEP urging them to deny the compressor station

Today, 29 member of the Massachusetts State Senate sent a letter to Commissioner Suuberg of the DEP, urging him to reject and rescind all permits for the compressor station and to put a stop to the project completely. We thank all who signed on to this letter. We are grateful that we have had their support on this from the beginnings.

Let us hope, Fore River Campers, that Commissioner Suuberg and Governor Baker can see their way clear to do the right thing by the citizens of the Basin and of the Commonwealth.

You can read the letter here or below.

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Breathe In -- Breathe Out (video)

Breathe In -- Breathe Out (video)

Our Board member, Margaret, has made a wonderful piece of performance art to help explain what is going on in our communities in regards to air quality. Please give yourself the 17 minutes this requires to watch the whole video. While you are watching, think about things like the Department of Public Health's acknowledgement and statistics that show Weymouth, Quincy, and Braintree already over the State averages for heart disease and lung disease. And then, think of how the DEP is actually not only allowing this to happen, they are actively participating in the poisoning of our citizens. Of our children.

Watch the video here or below.

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FRRACS' Statement on Presiding Officer's AQ Decision

FRRACS' Statement on Presiding Officer's AQ Decision

Betrayed. It is the only word that would come to our minds today just after 3:00 PM when our attorney, Mike Hayden, sent us the decision of Presiding Officer Jane Rothchild on the Air Quality Plan approval. Ms. Rothchild sided with the Enbridge, the polluter, and with the Department of Environmental Protection, the pollution enabler, and gave the green light for Commissioner Martin Suuberg to grant a final Air Quality Permit for the Weymouth compressor station.

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