Lynch Presses Spectra for Details on Weymouth Gas Leak
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the gas leak on Friday, January 6 at Spectra Energy’s gas metering station in Weymouth, Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-Boston) continues to press the company for details on the public health effects as well as the company’s safety and response protocol as a result of this incident. Earlier this week, Congressman Lynch sent a letter to Spectra Energy signed by Mayor Robert Hedlund, State Senator Patrick O’Connor, State Representative Ronald Mariano, and State Representative James Murphy requesting that representatives of Spectra address the Weymouth Town Council.
“Local families deserve a full accounting of last week’s gas leak. Residents detected this leak and they need to know how Spectra will prevent this from happening again in the future. Public safety and public health are at risk here and Spectra is certainly not making Weymouth and surrounding communities feel secure about the current metering station or the proposed compressor station,” said Congressman Lynch.
Spectra responded to the letter from Congressman Lynch and local elected officials stating that they will attend a Town Council meeting.
Congressman Lynch and Weymouth Town Councilor Becky Haugh promptly visited the site of the gas leak on Saturday, January 7 – hours after the incident – to monitor the situation. Congressman Lynch spoke to representatives from Spectra Energy, the Weymouth Fire Department, and local elected officials in Weymouth, Braintree, and Quincy about the gas leak. Following the walkthrough, Congressman Lynch and Town Councilor Haugh requested a full report on the leak from Spectra Energy to area residents as soon as possible.