Rep. Lynch Demands FERC Revoke Approval Of Weymouth Compressor Station Following Second Dangerous Blowout

Sep 30, 2020

Boston, MA - U.S. Representative Stephen F. Lynch (MA-08) issued the following statement after a second dangerous blowout occurred at the Weymouth Compressor Station:

"I was just notified that the Weymouth Compressor Station had yet another dangerous blowout event this morning involving the deployment of the compressor station's Emergency Shutdown System, and given that it is the second incident this month they are currently in the process of ordering a temporary emergency shutdown of the station.  While additional details on this latest safety incident are still under investigation, these accidents endangered the lives of local residents and are indicative of a much larger threat that the Weymouth Compressor Station poses to Weymouth, Quincy, Abington and Braintree residents, as well as surrounding communities, by operating in such a densely residential area.  I am extremely concerned for the public's safety and I have asked that a Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) official accompany me on a walk through of the site later this week when I return to Boston.  I have already asked the Secretary of Transportation to suspend the opening of the compressor station pending a comprehensive review and I am now demanding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) revoke the certificate of approval for the site and suspend operations due to the repetitive occurrence of these extremely dangerous events." – U.S. Representative Stephen F. Lynch (MA-08)

You can read the letter to FERC here