September 2, 2020

 
 
 
 
Please come to this webinar to find out how you can help support the fight against the Compressor Station in Weymouth. Things are down to the wire with construction under way. Comment period ending Sept. 8 - find out how you can help!

Actionar for Comments on Air permit
for the Compressor Station at Weymouth

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you're seeing this email too late, don't worry. We're hoping to provide a link to a recording of this session so you can catch up. Instructions on how to participate are also below!

The Weymouth Compressor Station is a poster child for many things wrong with our state and federal governments. Don't care enough about halting climate change, don't care enough about protecting public health, don't care enough about workers. Join in to raise your voice.

This week we will be writing comments on the air permit which are due by Sept. 8th.
» Full details on the FRRACS website.

INFO ON COMMENTING from FRRACS:

Dear Friend of FRRACS,

We are reaching out again to ask you for a favor. This is very important as we are putting every effort into stopping the nearly finished compressor station from ever operating.  Enbridge knows this is likely to be a "stranded asset," and, sadly, one that will be paid for by the gas ratepayers.  Please help us to make this a very painful lesson for this greed driven company.

On September 8, comments are due to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on the vacated air quality permit. The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the permit based on one thing--that Enbridge and the DEP did not do the full BACT (Best Available Control Technology) analysis as required.  In this case, they should have explored the use of an electric motor drive (EMD) as opposed to a gas fired turbine.  Enbridge (Algonquin) has had to go back and explain themselves, and the DEP simply rubber stamped their new BACT explanation. 

It's all very complicated, but we have prepared a list of possible questions/comments for you to send into the DEP. 
» Go here to see the list of comments and a sample letter.  Choose one or several--it's up to you!  Instructions on emailing and snail-mailing are at the top of the document.

If you are feeling motivated and adventuresome, here are all of the documents pertaining to this vacated permit at this point.  You can read and make your own questions and comments.  You might even catch them in something we missed! 

In 2017, YOU sent over 1500 comments on the original air quality plan approval. This was amazing! We would love to see you do this again--or even top your last effort!  You are all truly incredible.

Remember, comments must be in the hands of the DEP by 11:59 on September 8, 2020.  Emailing is essential, and you can send a back up copy via snail-mail if you want as well.

We are counting on you!

Thank you, as ever, for all that you do.
In Solidarity,
The FRRACS Team

NEWS
1st Circuit reinstates air permit for Atlantic Bridge pipeline compressor

by Sebastien Malo, Reuters
August 31, 2020


A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had earlier agreed with the town of Weymouth and other plaintiffs that Massachusetts regulators had botched their review of an Algonquin Gas Transmission’s best-available-technology analysis for its Atlantic Bridge Project permit application. But in Monday’s ruling, the panel reasoned that vacating the permit no longer made sense because it now appeared likely that permission to move ahead with the project would withstand legal scrutiny.

From Springfield Climate Justice Coalition/CAN

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