FERC Chairman Pat Wood will meet with Mayor Edward Lambert Jr. of Fall River, MA, where the heavily contested Weaver’s Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal is to be located, to discuss his city’s opposition to the $250 million facility, according to a notice issued Friday. The one-hour meeting is scheduled for Jan. 24.
In December, leaders of three citizens organizations charged that it was unfair that Wood had met with Hess LNG Chairman Gordon Shearer, but not with members of the Fall River community. Hess LNG, a joint venture of Amerada Hess Corp. and Poten & Partners Inc., proposes to build the Weaver’s Cove LNG terminal in Fall River, just south of Boston
The project has come under persistent attack from state legislators, the Massachusetts delegation of Congress, environmental organizations and local groups, as well as Lambert.
The proposed terminal facility, which would be sited in an industrial area that was previously a petroleum import terminal, would have a vaporization capacity of 400,000 Mcf/d on an average day and up to 800,000 Mcf/d on a peak day, and the ability to supply up to 100 MMcf/d by truck to local and regional gas markets.
The Weaver’s Cove project received a favorable draft environmental impact statement from FERC in August 2004. Assuming it receives final approval from the Commission, Hess LNG anticipates the terminal may be in service by November 2007.
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