After the indignation of yesterday and the dreary weather of today, I’m spent, LOL. Although I feel some paragraphs coming on…
I even forgot to take a photo of my note today, but, no worries, it was a simple one. Included were letters from the town of Hingham (our neighbors next door) written last month that just came through FERC’s processing and were uploaded to the docket library. Thank you, Hingham!!
Important to note is the second paragraph in the second document. This statement is true not only for Hingham, but for Weymouth, Braintree, and Quincy as well. Weymouth, especially, as we already have an underfunded Fire and Police Departments due to low taxes. One of our FD stations has been closed for over 2 years because there’s not enough money to fix it or staff it. Weymouth is stretched to the limit on both FD and PD as it stands.
Also important? The Hingham letter references Algonquin/Spectra’s claims that the compressor construction will bring a lot of jobs to the region. It will not. In Resource Report #5, it’s clearly stated on page 5-9 that: “Approximately 40 to 50 percent of the construction workers (about 300 to 385 workers at peak) are expected to be local hires. The local supply of construction workers needed for the E2W Project is expected to be derived from workers employed in the construction industry in Massachusetts and Connecticut, including those employed in Norfolk and Bristol Counties, Massachusetts and in New London County, Connecticut. Construction personnel that may be hired from outside these areas include supervisory personnel and inspectors.”
“Three new permanent employees will be required for operation and maintenance (“O&M”) of the E2W Project facilities at a total annual labor cost of $ 400,000.”
By the way, if you ever want to drive yourself crazy, look at all of the items uploaded to FERC under docket #CP16-9 (click the link, then enter the docket #). You can use your web browser’s “find” function to filter through the document results.
As you read a couple of the resident letters, think of this:
Picture third party contractors hired by FERC to review the Atlantic Bridge project, and those folks reading the heartfelt letters begging for FERC to stop this project. Now picture those third party contractors having financial ties to Algonquin/Spectra Energy. Picture them not caring one bit, not being swayed an inch by the fear or the facts. I wish I was exaggerating. Read some of the “COI” (conflict of interest) stories at the link and you’ll see what I’m saying. After I read that first piece on the COI, it was almost too much to bear, and it was the beginning of my education on how FERC doesn’t work.
Governor Baker, we need your leadership. We need you to visit the site. We need you to get your facts straight. We need YOU.