February 11, 2006

Shrinking the tankers

Local politicians stopped the funding that was going to be used to bring down the old Brightman Street Bridge. This was a gambit to prevent Weaver’s Cove Energy from being able to continue with their plans to build and run a LNG (liquified Natural Gas) terminal in Weavers Cove on the Fall River shore of the Taunton river.

Now:

Weaver’s Cove Energy says it will supply its LNG terminal proposed for Fall River with smaller vessels that it says can pass through the Brightman Street Bridge. (Reg. Req’d.)

With 8 feet of clearance on each side of the tankers, it is unclear whether they’re actually serious, or whether they really intend to more than double the number of tanker deliveries, shutting down traffic twice as often. Also uncertain, whether this comprises a new plan which will force regulators to re-visit the approval process.

Are they just trying to reassure worried investors in the project?

Posted by James at February 11, 2006 6:06 PM
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Bastards!

(what I shouted when I read this story in today's Boston Globe)

Ok, I'm signing off for the night, which will spare you all from more rants.

Nighty night!

Posted by: Patti M. at February 11, 2006 6:33 PM

Wow. These guys never give up, do they? Unbelievable.

Posted by: Julie at February 11, 2006 10:35 PM

All this trouble to build a facility 26 miles up a busy commercial and recreational waterway in a ludicrously populated area. Click on the "Legal Information" link at the Hess website. All it needs is a "Do not taunt..." warning and it's a SNL bit. "HESS LNG does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information..." Just remember, the Federales have already interceded on Hess' behalf by compromising the integrity of the Coast Guard and Navy by denying states' rights to their own coastline. Somebody's addicted to the Energy Lobby, never mind to oil.

Posted by: ThirdMate at February 12, 2006 10:14 AM

Who's surprised the Feds have compromised the integrity of the Coast Guarde and Navy when a) the White House has compromised the integrity of the government as a whole and the nation in the eyes of the rest of many Americans and those of the world and b) compromised the central mission of the National Guard by having them do the job of the armed forces abroad.

Honey, nothing these bastards do should surprise anybody.

Posted by: Patti M. at February 12, 2006 12:49 PM

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