The Weymouth Compressor Station
Enbridge, a Canadian multinational energy company, wants to bring vast amounts of fracked gas from the Appalachian Basin through New England to Canada; from there, much of it will be exported. They can’t move the fracked gas through pipelines without compressor stations, which repressurize it along the way.
Compressors are usually situated in rural areas, but Enbridge wants to build a big one in a densely populated site at the mouth of the Fore River in Weymouth.
We aim to stop them in their tracks!
Residents of the Fore River Basin are leading this fight. It’s an environmental justice issue. It’s a public health and safety issue. And it’s a climate change issue. Please join us!
Call Governor Baker
Call the governor and urge him to stop the compressor. Let him know that you expect him to protect children’s health and citizens’ safety and move us away from fracked gas to renewable energy and a sustainable climate. Click here for our easy call-in action tool!
Make a Selfie Video
Lend your mom voice to this effort by making a short selfie video on “Why I Care About the Proposed Compressor Station in Weymouth.” Put it on our website and share it on social media by clicking here.
Canvassing and Outreach
Interested in meeting Fore River Basin residents and talking with them about this station and the threats it poses to human health, safety, and the environment? Canvassers will receive training and work in supportive teams. To find out more, e-mail Susan Lees: [email protected].
Join an Action
To stay up-to-date on actions around the compressor, e-mail Susan Lees: [email protected].
What Is a Compressor Station?
Every 40 to 100 miles along fracked gas pipelines, compressor stations repressurize the gas.
Why We’re Against It
During day-to-day operations, compressor stations emit air pollution, noise, and odor, and during periodic “blowdowns,” millions of cubic feet of untreated fracked gas are released into the air.
- The compressor threatens the health of area residents, including 3,100 children who live or go to school within a mile of the site. These communities have already been overburdened with industrial toxins for decades.
- The fracked gas that would travel through this site causes devastating health impacts at its source in the Appalachian Basin. And its eventual storage sites in Canada threaten the health of nearby residents, including First Nations people. More fracked gas here in New England means more harm to these communities.
- It threatens public safety. Compressor stations are known to explode, and when accidents happen, they have a wide impact radius (a recent explosion in Philadelphia reached 40 miles), which is why they usually put them in rural areas, not densely populated areas like Weymouth.
- From beginning to end, fracked gas infrastructure releases methane, a “greenhouse gas on steroids.” Over a 20-year period, methane is 86 times worse as a heat-trapping gas than carbon dioxide and is a key contributor to climate change.
- We don’t need more gas. As a study led by Attorney General Maura Healey has shown, Massachusetts does not need new fracked gas to meet our electricity needs. Renewable energy sources are the only way forward.
This is an opportunity to act locally for health, safety, and a livable climate. Please join us!
For any questions, please contact Susan Lees at [email protected]
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[Photo by Sam Doran, State House News Service]
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