Proposed gas compressor station in Massachusetts poses air pollution risks

Residents of Weymouth, Massachusetts, have clashed with the energy company Enbridge over the company’s plans to build a gas compressor station in their town, according to news reports.

Environmental activists, public health experts, and physicians have all voiced concerns over the plan, arguing that the site where the station would be located is too small, too polluted, and too close to other hazards.

Doug Dockery, John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Research Professor of Environmental Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said in a May 23, 2019 Boston Globe article that the state’s standards for certain air pollutants are too low to meaningfully regulate this type of project.

“What we used to consider a safe level is really now known to be dangerous,” Dockery said. “What we used to think of as normal exposure in our everyday life, now we consider hazardous.”

Read the Boston Globe article: In Weymouth, echoes of Flint