WEYMOUTH (CBS) – There are growing concerns over the Weymouth compressor station after the third unplanned release of natural gas since September. Enbridge, the company that runs the station, said the venting on Tuesday was done safely and the community was not impacted.
The $100 million compressor was built to pump natural gas through Weymouth into Maine and Canada. It officially went online in January after neighbors spent years protesting the project citing health and safety risks.READ MORE: Families Separated By COVID Eager To Reunite When US Allows Vaccinated International Travelers
Rep. Stephen Lynch said compressors like the one in Weymouth are usually built in rural communities, not densely populated areas.READ MORE: 'It's Unethical': Hopkinton Drug Advertises Supply Of Ivermectin, Despite Ineffectiveness Against COVID
“We don’t think it needs to be in this place, we think the siting process was flawed,” Lynch said. “All of these communities have been asking to have this plant shut down and I agree that’s the safest thing we can do is have this plant shut down.”MORE NEWS: Arlington Police Warn Parents About 'Benadryl Challenge' On TikTok
Sen. Elizabeth Warren also weighed in on the compressor, asking in a tweet, “How many accidents need to occur” before the federal government shuts down the “environmental and safety nightmare.”