Kerry, Kennedy take another step to block LNG terminal in Fall River
Senators John Kerry and Edward Kennedy today announced their support for an amendment which would require the Army Corps of Engineers to secure the concurrence of the affected State before issuing a specific permit to build an LNG terminal.
The proposed facility in Fall River would require LNG tankers to have to navigate through the Narragansett and Mount Hope Bays, sail up the Taunton River, passing within 1000 feet of downtown Fall River, as well as passing underneath both the old and new Brightman Street bridges. The site is within one mile of five schools, an elderly housing complex and residences for more than 9000 people.
"This ill-conceived project makes absolutely no sense and it has enormous security implications for the people of Fall River and the surrounding areas. For thousands of residents in the area, a terrorist attack, or even an accident, would mean disaster. This amendment makes it clear that Massachusetts should have a voice before an LNG terminal is dumped so close to our community," said Senator Kerry. "We've said it before, and we'll say it again - this LNG terminal should not go forward and Senator Kennedy, Congressman Frank and I will continue to do everything in our power to make sure it doesn't."
Senator Kennedy said, "Weaver's Cove is the perfect example of the breakdown of the LNG siting process and how states' legitimate safety and security concerns can be completely disregarded. States should have more say on what are acceptable and unacceptable risks. Yet despite broad agreement among local and state officials that this is the wrong location for the project, it continues to move forward, and it's evidence of why this amendment is so important and why we'll continue to fight this project."
The amendment was defeated 37-56, but both Senators are committed to continuing the fight to give Massachusetts a voice in the LNG siting process.