Day #62 (late)

Oh brother, I’m getting behind again. Sorry about that. Let’s start with how I thought it was day 63. Heh.

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The notes were all about dueling opinion pieces on the Hingham Journal. One one side, we have two pieces written against the compressor and one piece for. Let’s break down who said what… I’ll be paraphrasing, LOL.

Jennifer Mathien– Gov. Baker, get your arse in gear and stop this project

Michelle LeBretton– Hingham, join the fight to get this project out of the South Shore

Stephen Dodge– What’s wrong with you crazy people?

It will surprise no one that Mr. Dodge is the executive director of the Massachusetts Petroleum Council (MPC). “The MPC is a division of API, which represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry.”

Dodge also served from 1993 to 1997 as Legislative Director for former MA Govs. Weld and Cellucci. You know, Mr. Weld of Spectra Energy lobbyist fame?

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I drew a little diagram on my note, but forgot to take a picture of it. Here’s a recreation:

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Interesting, no?

Mr. Dodge’s assertions in his opinion piece were laughable. He’s not very good at this. He’s the “Jeff Sessions’ Senate hearing testimony” of energy lobbyists. Statements like the following are utterly ridiculous:

Opponents of infrastructure projects, including the Weymouth compressor which is contracted to increase capacity for utilities and manufacturers in the region,

Hah, what? Ask BELD how much gas they’ll be getting if the compressor goes in. From a previous blog post:
Just ask Braintree Electric Light Department (BELD), who is very concerned about the amount of natural gas that will be removed from their use if the compressor goes in as currently designed. Please note that BELD would have to either shut turbines down or use a more expensive fuel if they cannot get the natural gas. BELD also notes that ISO New England relies on BELD’s consistent resources.

often raise the false argument that all the new natural gas supplies will be exported as LNG. In reality, there are no existing LNG [Liquid Natural Gas] export facilities in the region.

Lordy, really? Let’s untangle this: There is an LNG storage facility slated for Acushnet if the Weymouth compressor goes in. LNG can be vaporized and can be added easily to a pipeline for distribution. The proposed Acushnet LNG facility would be part of the Access Northeast project, which includes a pipeline that would, among other things, connect the hypothetical Acushnet LNG facility to the Weymouth compressor. That compressor would pump gas up north, to Canada and overseas… for EXPORT.

So, yeah, in just one sentence he lied twice, counting on our lack of education on the subject.

PS: “natural” gas is not clean.

Nathan Phillips came to sit with me for Day 62, thank you!

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