Docket No. CP16-9-012
Items C-4: Order
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today established a paper briefing to further examine public safety concerns associated with the operation of the Weymouth Compressor Station.
FERC on Sept. 24, 2020, authorized Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC and Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, LLC to place the Weymouth Compressor Station into service. Since then, the Commission has received numerous pleadings expressing concerns about public safety and air emissions impacts from the station’s continued operation.
The Commission asks for briefing to address the following matters:
- Is it consistent with FERC’s Natural Gas Act responsibilities to allow the Weymouth Compressor Station to enter and remain in service?
- Should changes in the station’s projected air emissions impacts or public safety impacts cause the Commission to reexamine the project?
- How might these changes affect the surrounding communities, including environmental justice communities?
- Should FERC impose any additional mitigation measures in response to concerns that have been raised?
- What would the consequences be if FERC were to stay or reverse the September 2020 authorization order?
The Weymouth Compressor Station may remain in operation while the Commission considers these issues. Initial briefs are due 45 days from the date of today’s order; reply briefs are due 30 days after that.