Weymouth: Town Council Wary About Spectra Energy Projects

Spectra Energy Corp is keeping Weymouth Town Council in the dark regarding two major projects.

Construction for the Atlantic Bridge compressor station in North Weymouth is supposed to be in motion by March. However, Spectra has provided no updates and has no approval on a federal, state, and local level.

The Access Northeast project has a set goal of building four miles of pipeline throughout Weymouth. Spectra did confirm that project has been pushed off for at least a year.

Town Councilor Rebecca Haugh says she and her colleagues are wary of energy company strategies, and the proposed projects seem to outline more harm than good.

“I think, especially with Dakota Access, there is a lot more awareness about fossil fuels in general, and expansion and the tactics these companies use to try to push their product. The majority of this gas from the first project is going to Canada, so if we’re in such an energy crisis here in New England why are they allowing so much capacity to go out of our borders,” says Haugh.

Alice Arena, leader of Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station, says the project is a wasteful disaster waiting to happen.

“85% of that gas is going off shore, we’re not getting it at all. So you can’t convince us and say we need it because were not getting it. They’re going to make big bucks in Europe and Asia and that is all they care about,” says Arena.

In March 2016, Mayor Bob Hedlund accused Spectra of avoiding review by the Massachusetts Environmental Protection by creating two separate proposals for the pipeline and the compressor station.

 

About Mimi Walker

Mimi Walker is a 2016 graduate from Emerson College, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism. While at Emerson, she was both an avid reporter and an on-air music personality at 88.9 WERS, Emerson’s long-running radio station. She also wrote for several on-campus publications. She covered the 2015 Edward R. Murrow awards in New York City, and had previous internships at 103.3 AMP radio and at Seacrest Studios in Boston Children’s Hospital (as well as with Rob and Lisa on the South Shore Morning News!) Her proudest academic achievement is being a TOMODACHI scholar and contributing to an iBook about American Senator and war hero Daniel Inouye, which led her all across Japan in her many school travels. Thanks to her time in Japan, and a semester abroad in the Netherlands, Mimi has an appetite for stories and all kinds of art across the globe.