Progress for Weymouth Against Spectra
Click HERE for a timeline detailing the progress the Town and Mayor Hedlund have made against the proposed compressor stattion.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Denies Town's Appeal of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Approval
On December 27, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit denied our appeal of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) approval of the Atlantic Bridge project that includes plans to build a new compressor station in North Weymouth. We are not at the end of the road, but we have one less avenue to stop the project.
FERC and the Federal courts that oversee the agency were never really our best hope. The federal laws are stacked in favor of the energy companies and the courts interpret those laws with their interests in mind, not the people’s interests.
FERC does either what it wants to do or what the utilities want it to do. It either rubber stamps the utilities requests, like it did with the certificate in the first place, or casually removes barriers to the utilities like it just did this week extending the two-year deadline on the certificate FERC had granted. The few conditions FERC imposes on a project are blithely swept away whenever the utilities ask, which is usually over the holidays when few are looking.
We still have battles to fight and better places to fight them. We will keep fighting for you and I hope you join us.
Mayor Robert L. Hedlund