In the wake of the recent fatal natural gas pipeline explosion in Illinois, Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) has called on the Federal Energy & Regulatory Commission (FERC) to halt the permitting process and construction for proposed Spectra pipelines in West Roxbury and Weymouth, Mass., according to a recent Patch.com article.
“According to the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), there have been more than 220 pipeline incidents in 2016,” the article states. “In a letter to FERC Chairman Norman Bay, Congressman Lynch highlighted the serious public safety risks of placing a natural gas pipeline in densely populated areas such as West Roxbury and Weymouth.”
“I am deeply concerned about the tragic natural gas pipeline explosion in Canton, Illinois, and I am repeating my call for FERC to launch comprehensive investigations into these deadly pipeline incidents,” Lynch wrote, referencing the Illinois explosion and another recent blast in Alabama. “In the wake of these explosions, it is reckless for FERC to allow Spectra to proceed with the proposed projects in Weymouth and West Roxbury. We are putting countless lives at risk here, and FERC needs to step in to improve safety measures to protect the public from harm.”
To read the Patch.com article, click here.
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