WEYMOUTH — Spectra Energy planned to start building a 7,700-horsepower natural gas compressor station in March 2017 and to be pumping gas six months later.
But more than three years after the compressor station was first proposed in 2015, the gas company — now Spectra Energy-Enbridge — has yet to break ground, and is unlikely to do so in the near future.
“They would be pumping gas if it wasn’t for the orchestrated efforts by (Town Solicitor) Joe Callanan, outside counsel and the coordination of town departments, supplemented by the great work of citizen engagement,” Mayor Robert Hedlund said. “Coming in, we were a 90-10 underdog, and now I’d say we’re up to 20.”
The local fight against the compressor station is a lengthy, complicated flow chart of possible outcomes, with lawsuits and appeals possible for nearly every decision made by regulators. Lawyers for the town and neighbors are making a case against the compressor using a range of different arguments, including the gas company’s failure to follow regulations and the flaws in the plan itself. (read more)
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