Surprising news today: The Executive Director of MAPC - the agency that conducted the faulty HIA - has spoken out against the compressor station, citing safety and climate concerns. This statement was unexpected but we applaud MAPC for voicing their concerns about the compressor station. We have been expressing these same concerns for four years and are glad that others are beginning to acknowledge them. MAPC released a Health Impact Assessment in January that found elevated levels of benzene and formaldehyde in the Basin but ultimately ignored this data when they concluded that the compressor station wouldn’t have any significant health impacts. We were disappointed by their report but thank them for speaking out about their safety and climate concerns.
Excerpt from WBUR - Agency Head Voices Opposition To Proposed Weymouth Compressor Station:
“A Massachusetts organization whose health impact report paved the way for the Baker administration to issue an air quality permit for a controversialproposed natural gas compressor station says it opposes the project on other grounds.
Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) Executive Director Marc Draisen told WBUR that his agency does not support construction of the compressor station in North Weymouth, citing concerns about climate resilience and public safety.
The surprising comments come about a month after the MAPC released its Health Impact Assessment (HIA) concluding that emissions from the compressor station are "not likely to cause health effects" to the surrounding community."