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Walsh: Feds need to reconsider allowing a gas pipeline around an active quarry in West Roxbury

Mayor Walsh has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reconsider its decision to allow construction of a large natural-gas pipeline down Washington and Grove Streets and a metering station across from the West Roxbury quarry to connect it to National Grid's system.

The commission approved the $95-million project last month. Walsh says it's a threat to the community because of the station's location across the street from an active quarry that uses dynamite:

The project as proposed poses real public safety risks for West Roxbury residents, and we must work together with the community and with our city, state and federal partners to find a solution that is in the best interests of West Roxbury residents.

Walsh formally asked the commission for a rehearing to listen to complaints from residents and elected officials, who include US Rep. Stephen Lynch, state Sen. Michael Rush, state Rep. Edward Coppinger and several city councilors.

In its ruling last month, the commission said the quarry has changed its blasting patterns so that it's now extremely unlikely large rocks would plummet down on the station.

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'property values'?

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The giant hole in the earth and the dynamite may have already done that. A pipe across the street won't have much additional effect on property values.

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It's not just running a pipe by a quarry, it's building a natural gas transfer station literally across the street from active blasting. There's absolutely no reason to do that in such a thickly settled area anyway, never mind right next to something that shakes the earth weekly, right across the street. Joke all you want about NIMBY or property values, but there's zero reason for the transfer station to be in anyone's backyard, considering how long the pipeline runs for. It's just more convenient and less expensive for the people building the thing to run it in straight through a neighborhood with a rock quarry already right there.

Pardon my French, but fuck those people.

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Seeing that Liz Warren was to chicken shit to do anything or answers the communities question; yes she ducked out of the meeting. Thank you for stepping up and being out spoken.

I guess West Roxbury isn't the middle class and big utility must be the one being hammered. What a ______ !

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Warren, Markey, and Lynch all signed the same letter questioning the pipeline.

I'm not being snarky--I want to know your sources about Warren as opposed to the other representatives/senators.

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trained to parrot not think.

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Marty took some time off from promoting an event in 9 years to deal with an issue impacting the city today. Good for him.

(golf clap)

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