I have so much I want to blog lately, and no time in which to blog it in. Work is, literally, eating my life. I have to find a balance soon! Sincere apologies to you, my loyal readers. All, what, 5 of you? I am keeping track and will post the stuff in time. Right now, two stories about a local problem, but possible interest to people beyond the SouthCoast. The second story is going to grind your gears if you care at all about Massachusetts and who from other states should be messing with what goes on here.
Keri announced on her show on Monday that John Kerry is going to come to Fall River on April 24th for a rally against the Weavers Cove LNG facility. Reportedly, they’re going to close the street down. Kerry will first visit the Iwo Jima replica memorial in Bicentennial Park, and then it’s on to Weavers Cove. (On the right is a picture I took of that replica a few months ago while looking for a micro geocache in the area. I didn’t find it, dammit!)
The rally is supposed to be at 11:30, and it’s on a Monday. I don’t know if I can swing it with work, but it should really send a message that people are serious about not wanting to site this thing in Fall River. If you oppose LNG in this residential area, and you’re available at that time, try to be there!
Keri - if you read this, is there an address where the rally is going to be? Is it 1 New Street just off North Main?
Another story from the tireless Keri:
Oklahoma Republican Senator James Inhofe tried to place language into a heating assistance bill that would have reversed part of a federal transportation bill preserving [Brightman Street] bridge.
Let me clarify. Our representatives and senators fought to keep the old bridge because the feds were unresponsive in stopping the siting of this LNG terminal. The old bridge is an obstacle to the plan, though Weavers Cove LNG claims they can work around it. The Coast Guard is concerned that their plan is not workable in its current state, because the bridge and the shape of the river present a number of challenges to LNG tankers.
Suddenly, an OK Republican introduces funding to pay for having the bridge torn down. Why would a senator from across the country care about a bridge in Fall River? These LNG people have friends in lots of places and strings they can pull. My guess is, these friends are well-compensated.
Who is this Senator Jim Inhofe? Fun Facts!
If I had more time, I’d dig deeper. But you get the idea.
Why is this guy dipping his filthy toes into the Taunton River?
And, to the people who have said that the Brightman St. Bridge is not an obstacle to the project: apparently someone disagrees with that sentiment enough to call in some high level favors.
This is despicable. Luckily, Jim Inhofe’s attempt at helping big energy site a dangerous facility in a residential area far from his constituency was given the smackdown by Kennedy and Kerry. But this ought to give you an idea of what the SouthCoast has been up against here.
(In other LNG news: State Sen. Joan Menard, D-Fall River, was named co-chairwoman of the recently formed liquefied natural gas commission at the group’s first meeting in Boston Tuesday. Fall River state Rep. Robert Correia was chosen as the commission’s president.)