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Rhode Island, Massachusetts Officials Ask Court to Block Weaver's Cove LNG Project

Rhode Island's Attorney General last Thursday joined the city of Fall River, MA, and the state of Massachusetts in filing a petition in federal court seeking review of a FERC order approving the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Fall River.

The petition was filed in the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston one week after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected pleas to overturn its initial order supporting the construction of the Weaver's Cove LNG terminal project in Fall River, which is sponsored by Poten & Partners and Amerada Hess Corp.

The proposed $250 million LNG terminal has been the target of heated controversy. Fall River Mayor Edward Lambert and other Massachusetts and Rhode Island officials have been relentless in their efforts to block the project, arguing that the siting of an LNG terminal near a densely populated area would pose significant security and safety hazards.

The Commission approved the proposed Weaver's Cove LNG terminal last July, but imposed numerous safety and security conditions on the project (see Daily GPI, July 1, 2005). The project would have 800 MMcf/d of peak sendout capacity, 400 MMcf/d of baseload supply and 200,000 metric tons of LNG storage. It would be sited at a former petroleum import terminal on the Taunton River, which feeds into Mount Hope Bay and Narragansett Bay about 50 miles south of Boston.

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