In Weymouth, a Brute Lesson In Power Politics
WEYMOUTH, MA - JULY 13: BU climate scientist Nathan Phillips bikes around the compressor site with a portable backpack device to measure the venting of natural gas in Weymouth, MA on July 13, 2020. Enbridge last week told local towns that it will be venting gas this week as part of the process of connecting the compressor to the pipeline. This has raised protests that the action is illegal because Enbridge does not have an air-quality permit. For six years, activists have battled federal regulators and Gov. Charlie Bakers administration to stop one of North Americas biggest pipeline companies from constructing a natural gas compressor station in the South Shore neighborhood. The 7,700-horsepower compressor would pump gas under high pressure to speed it on its journey north, as far away as Nova Scotia. A Boston Globe Spotlight investigation finds residents who fought a six-year battle with an energy giant over a controversial gas compressor never had much of a chance, with both the federal and state governments consistently ruling against them. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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July 13, 2020
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