We are a bit at that point where we no longer know what to say. Only that we feel "played." Played by DEP (who's surprised?), played by DPH, and played by MAPC. We are fully aware that the Baker Administration does not care for us, but to see the lengths that are being taken to make fools of us? A little depressing, eh, Fore River Campers?
We knew from the beginning that this HIA would be an abomination. But here is proof positive that just as with the permits, all of this is either being overseen by Enbridge or being written by Enbridge. And that includes the permits.
Thank you to Itai Vardi for uncovering this story. You can read the full article here.
Excerpt from Desmogblog - Enbridge Gave Massachusetts Studies by Climate Denier, ALEC Associate in Gas Project Assessment:
“As part of an ongoing health evaluation of a proposed and contested Boston metro area gas compressor station, the energy distribution company Enbridge shared with the State of Massachusetts materials from dubious and controversial sources. As documents obtained by DeSmog reveal, these include studies by a climate change denier and an official associated with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the Koch brothers-backed group working to undermine environmental regulations.
For critics of the project, this newest revelation raises further questions about the appropriateness of constructing the 7,700-horsepower station, which would release noxious gases while propelling natural gas through pipelines, in a densely populated area between Weymouth and Quincy, south of Boston.
“To be taking the work of climate deniers at this time is unconscionable,” said Alice Arena, who heads Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS), a citizen group that has been fighting the project for the past four years.
As part of a state-directed health impact assessment (HIA) for the compressor station, Enbridge supplied the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) — the agency charged with conducting the assessment — with materials relating to compressor stations and air pollution. Governor Charlie Baker ordered the HIA before the state provides any new permits for the station, following pressure from activist groups." (Desmogblog)