Braintree Town Council supports appeal of air quality permit

The Braintree Town Council passed a resolution in support of the Town’s efforts to appeal Enbridge’s air quality permit.

Excerpt from The Patriot Ledger - Braintree council backs compressor station appeal:

“By a unanimous vote at Tuesday night’s meeting, the council approved a resolution endorsing the town’s appeal of a state Department of Environmental Protection decision to grant an air quality permit to Algonquin Gas Transmission for the station, which is part of the company’s Atlantic Bridge project. The station would be located on the Fore River less than a mile from Braintree, and the pipeline which would serve the station would go through Braintree.

“The operation of a natural gas compressor station in this area will further increase the toxic pollutants in the area, thereby furthering the health and public safety risks to the residents of Braintree, as well as Hingham, Quincy and Weymouth and to transient individuals passing through our towns,” the resolution read.

It went on to say the town is “committed to continuing its efforts to prevent the construction and operation of the gas compressor station through all legal means available and in the best interests of its residents.”

Town Councilor Thomas Bowes, whose District 3 includes the parts of Braintree closest to the proposed compressor station site, said the council will be asked in the near future to approve some money for the compressor station fight.

“We need to defeat this,” Bowes said.

The town filed the appeal on Friday. In announcing the action, Mayor Joseph Sullivan said he believes state officials “erred in their judgements as we continue to have serious concerns about the rationale used” in the decision.” (The Patriot Ledger)