Washington (November 12, 2019) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), chair of the Senate Climate Change Task Force, released the following statement on the decision to approve the last certificate needed for a proposed Weymouth natural gas compressor station. A subsidiary of Enbridge, Canada’s largest pipeline operator, has proposed building and operating a natural gas compressor station in Weymouth, Massachusetts as part of its Atlantic Bridge gas project, which is intended to send natural gas through Massachusetts and export it out to Canada.
“No compressor station should be built in Weymouth or any of our communities – where it would threaten the safety of our residents and harm our environment – just to support our continued addiction to fossil fuels,” said Senator Markey. “The fight to stop this project is not over, as the battle to block construction of this station will move to the courts. I will continue to stand with the residents and activists who have been warriors in the battle to stop a project this is meant only to send natural gas abroad to the highest bidder. These communities have nothing to gain and everything to lose if this compressor station gets built.”
Last month, Senators Markey and Elizabeth Warren introduced legislation that would block construction of any compressor station that would be built as part of a pipeline project meant to export natural gas abroad. Senators Warren, Markey and Rep. Stephen F. Lynch (MA-08) also sent a letter to Enbridge Inc. expressing serious concerns about the company’s proposal.