Public Involvement Plan (PIP) Meeting - 11/13/2017

If you missed the Public Involvement Plan (PIP) Meeting on November 13, 2017 at 5:30 at Abigail Adams Middle School in Weymouth, here are some supporting documents that were passed out:

PIP PowerPoint Presentation

Draft PIP Plan

 

Some background (taken from PIP):  On September 25, 2017, Algonquin Gas Transmission, Inc. (Algonquin) received a “Petition for the PIP Designation for Disposal Site #4-0026243” (the Petition) from Margaret Bellafiore of Weymouth, Massachusetts, representing a group of 16 residents from Weymouth, Quincy, Braintree, and Hingham. The Petition was also sent to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and TRC Environmental, Inc. (TRC)(Licensed Site Professional, LSP). The Petition is associated with Release Tracking Number (RTN) Disposal Site #4-0026243/4-0026230 and requested its designation as a Public Involvement Plan (PIP) site, under Chapter 21E, Section 14(a) of the Massachusetts General Laws (M.G.L. c. 21E), the State "Superfund" Law, and the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP), 310 CMR, 40.1404). On September 25, 2017, the MCP Site was identified on DEP’s Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup (BWSC) site list as the Calpine Fore River site (Atlantic Bridge Weymouth Compressor Station (Weymouth CS), Site), with a property address of 6 & 50 Bridge Street in Weymouth, Massachusetts (the Site). As a PIP Site, the preparation and implementation of a PIP is required under the MCP. This PIP has been prepared by TRC on behalf of Algonquin in accordance with the requirements of the MCP, 310 CMR 40.0000 and utilizing the Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup (BWSC) Public Involvement Plan Interim Guidance Document For Waiver Sites, WSC-800-90 (January 1991). However, as the MCP has been updated and revised over several years, sections of the Guidance document have been modified to incorporate changes in the MCP.


 

Last night at the PIP meeting, I asked the lady leading the meeting if TRC is the same firm who helped prepare the Resource Reports for Atlantic Bridge. The answer was yes. For anyone who might be confused, when these projects are in the "pre-filing" stage, the applicant must submit numerous reports that equate to 1000s of pages. Since Atlantic Bridge entered pre-filling in early 2015, all the reports were completed in November 2015 and that triggered them to submit the formal application to FERC.
 
If you scroll down at this link (http://www.beckyhaugh.com/gas_compressor_station?page=3) to 11/11/2015, all the Resource Reports for Atlantic Bridge are in clickable links per chapter. If you click on one and press "CTRL-F" and type in "TRC", you will see how many times they are referenced in each chapter. So Spectra paid TRC to do a lot of their mapping and research for these reports. These reports were then used in a more consolidated form to prepare the favorable Environmental Assessment. Most of their work was done in Chapters 2, 6 & 8.
 
At this link (http://www.beckyhaugh.com/weymouth_conservation_commission_denies_wetlands_permit_to_spectra), posted on June 15, 2016, there are links to the minutes of the April 6, 2016 and May 25, 2016 Conservation Commission. In these minutes, you'll see Ms. Kelly Race made comments on behalf of Spectra through being contracted with TRC. This is the same lady who spoke and was in charge of last night's meeting (real spelling is Kelley).
 
As the petitioner group went to MassDEP, it should be noted that no one from MassDEP was in attendance at last night's meeting.  It is TRC's job to collect the questions and comments and to present them and the answers to MassDEP.  It's extremely unfortunate that the same firm and the same exact people who have been working for Spectra/Enbridge for the past 3+ years is now trusted to be an unbiased party in this PIP preceding.  
The written comment deadline is January 6, 2018.  FRRACS will be working with other people to put out pertitent information about the contamination located at 6 Bridge Street Weymouth (a.k.a. the proposed compressor station site).  Will keep updates posted here as well.  

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