MACUCC Staff Calls for Voices Against Weymouth Compressor Station

10/22/2019

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Signing deadline extended. Several members of the Massachusetts Conference staff have written a letter to Gov. Charlie Baker asking him to reverse his support for the Enbridge natural gas compressor station in Weymouth, and they are inviting local church members to sign on.

"This is no time to invest in new fossil fuel infrastructure," the letter states. "We stand with the residents of Weymouth and elsewhere on the South Shore in asking you to protect the people of Massachusetts by halting this project."

Click this link to read and sign on to the letter.

The letter is in response to a request by Gretchen Elmendorf, Pastor of the East Weymouth Congregational Church, who has been deeply involved in the fight against the compressor for the past five years, working with the Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station. Youth and parishioners at the church, which voted against the compressor, have also been involved.  (Read Elmendorf's appeal to the UCC here.)

"In Weymouth, so many of us are truly terrified, angry, exhausted, and in a state of panic," Elmendorf said. "Just this week Enbridge is already forcing pipeline blowdowns from two facilities near our neighborhoods with no regard to health risks, when we know from substantial peer reviewed scientific studies that pregnant women, children and elders can be particularly endangered. Blowdowns dump gas for hours at a time into the air containing methane, carcinogenic benzene and formaldehyde and neurotoxins.  What is happening here in the South Shore is precedent setting for future expansions of fracked gas pipelines and gas plants in MA and beyond in densely populated areas."

"We are asking that people call Governor Baker to use Massachusetts laws and stop this compressor," Elmendorf said. "He will say his 'hands are tied' but just like he shut down vaping, he can shut down what I see as one giant vape of 39 carcinogens to be emitted into peoples lungs against their will."

To call Gov. Baker, contact his Constituent Services Main Office at 617-725-4005 Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. Calls can also be made to Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg - call 617-292-5500, press “8” for name directory, then dial "7882" for his voicemail; and to Gary Moran, Deputy Commissioner of Operations & Environmental Compliance at 617-292-5775.

"Enbridge stated that they plan to start construction on Nov. 1, even though they do not have all of their permits and have not resolved the soil contamination issue at the proposed site," Elmendorf said. "Whether or not they actually start construction on Nov. 1, we want to have a strong presence at the proposed site starting at sunrise on Nov. 1 until sunset."

To join the gathering at the proposed compressor station site, located at 55 Bridge Street, North Weymouth, RSVP here.
 


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