Patriot Ledger: "After setbacks, Weymouth compressor foes turn focus to Baker"

Many thanks to Jessica and The Patriot Ledger for keeping readers updated on the compressor station.

“Residents and officials opposed to a natural-gas compressor station proposed for the banks of the Fore River are urging Gov. Charlie Baker to deny an air permit for the proposal after what they say was a flawed study on the expected impacts.

Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station held a meeting at the Fore River Clubhouse in Quincy on Tuesday to discuss several developments with the proposal, including dismissal of a federal case, extension of a federal permit and results of a health impact assessment.

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council on Friday released the assessment on how the 7,700-horsepower compressor station that Algonquin, a subsidiary of Spectra Energy-Enbridge, wants to build would affect noise, air quality, health and land use. Baker ordered the study in July 2017 amid strong local opposition to the project.

The assessment found that the proposed station would produce air toxins such as benzene and formaldehyde, noting there is “an extensive body of literature linking air pollution to mortality and hospitalizations due to respiratory, cardiovascular and neurological diseases.”’ (The Patriot Ledger)

You can read the full article online here.