Though the winter months have been cold, they sure haven’t been quiet. With many developments over the past few months, we wanted to take a moment to update you on the status of the campaign, and to ask for your help.
Spectra (Enbridge) needs a handful of permits and licenses before they can begin construction: a wetlands permit, a waterways license, and an air quality permit. So far they are 0 for 3. The Wetlands appeal will be in August, the Waterways determination (this is NOT a permit) could be vacated in August, and the Air Quality determination and permitting process has been pushed back until January of 2019 while a Health Impact Assessment is being completed and further air quality testing is done by the DEP. This is good news as it means our fight is being taken seriously by the DEP and the DPH (Department of Public Health), but it also means that we are quickly incurring mounting legal costs.
Can you donate $5, $10 or $20?
Our attorney is working with us on both our wetlands and waterways appeals. In addition to the legal costs associated with filing appeals and prepping for these hearings, we plan to file as intervenors on the air quality permit. With these three appeals, our legal costs will likely amount to more than $20,000--so we need to raise as much as we can as quickly as possible.
That is why we are asking for your monetary support. We understand that this is a lot to ask and WE are grateful for ANY amount that you are able to give. Please know that your prior generous donations have allowed us to come this far with the appeals process.
You can donate to our legal fund on our website, at one of our meetings, or by mailing a check to: FRRACS, PO BOX 485, South Weymouth, MA 02190.
(Please note: We are not a 501c(3), so financial contributions made to FRRACS are not tax deductible.)
Thanks to you, the North Weymouth Civic Association, and many others, we were able to fundraise enough money last year to cover our initial round of legal costs for the waterways appeal. Though fighting Spectra in the courts is not our sole tactic in stopping the compressor station, it has been a key instrument in delaying the project.
With your support, we are hopeful that we can continue to delay, and ultimately stop Spectra’s plans.
Many thanks for all that you do,
-The FRRACS Team