BOSTON — A Weymouth woman who spent her lunch break sitting outside Gov. Charlie Baker’s office on work days for months in 2017 has restarted her daily sit-ins after state regulators issued an air-quality permit for a proposed 7,700- horsepower natural-gas compressor station on the banks of the Fore River despite local opposition.
Spectra Energy-Enbridge received initial approval for the project from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in January 2017, but it still needs several state permits. The state Department of Environmental Protection issued the air-quality permit on Jan. 11, just a week after the Metropolitan Area Planning Council released a health-impact assessment that found that the compressor station proposed by Algonquin, a subsidiary of Spectra Energy-Enbridge, would be unlikely to affect health and noise in the area.
Gov. Charlie Baker ordered the study in July 2017 amid strong local opposition to the project from officials and residents in Weymouth, Quincy, Braintree and Hingham. (read more)
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