The controversial Weymouth pure gasoline compressor station is anticipated to begin flowing gasoline to its prospects inside days, an organization spokesman stated Saturday.
“The compressor station will methodically be positioned in service starting at this time, in accordance with relevant rules and with oversight from PHMSA (the Pipeline and Hazardous Supplies Security Administration),” Enbridge spokesman Max Bergeron stated in an e mail. “We anticipate to have the power to begin flowing gasoline by means of the compressor station for our prospects within the coming days.”
In a letter Friday to Enbridge President of Fuel Transmission and Midstream William Yardley, PHMSA stated it was approving “non permanent operation of the compressor items within the station.”
Alice Enviornment of the Fore River Residents Towards the Compressor Station on Saturday stated, “We discover it odd that PHMSA has come out late on a Friday and stated, ‘Have at it.’”
“We’re engaged on a particular assembly for the general public so everyone seems to be conscious there may be nonetheless no security or evacuation plan that’s workable,” Enviornment stated.
PHMSA’s letter got here after a sequence of unintended releases of pure gasoline into the neighborhood prompted two emergency shutdowns and a federally ordered pause in operations.
“After an intensive overview course of, we’ve recognized and addressed the problems which led to the unplanned occasions and verified that the Weymouth Compressor Station is ready to soundly enter full service,” Bergeron stated. “We’re dedicated to being good neighbors and working the compressor station safely and responsibly.”
The plans for the compressor station alongside the Fore River had been a supply of controversy years earlier than it was constructed, drawing opposition from officers in Weymouth, Quincy and Braintree because it slowly moved its method by means of the appeals course of.
Final month, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch referred to as the compressor station’s choice to vent gasoline into the neighborhood a number of occasions throughout its first week of operations “deeply troubling” and stated the station wanted to be shut down.
“Venting pure gasoline into the environment has an inherent hurt that can’t be fully eradicated, and attributable to its proximity to closely populated areas, it poses a grave danger to Weymouth residents and surrounding communities,” Lynch, a South Boston Democrat, stated in a tweet final month. “At this level, it’s clear that so long as the Weymouth Compressor Station is energetic, it’s going to threaten public well being and security and have to be shut down.”