A group of East Boston residents have asked the city for a non-binding referendum this fall calling on Eversource to move a substation proposed for East Eagle Street on Chelsea Creek someplace else, like Logan Airport.
If the City Council formally approves the proposal - and it voted unanimously today to support a resolution by Councilor Lydia Edwards to do that - and the mayor signs off, the measure would go on the November ballot. Because of state law, the question, like an earlier one on changing the name of Dudley Square to Nubian Square, has to go before voters across the city.
But that's not a bad thing, Councilor Lydia Edwards (East Boston, North End, Charlestown), said. In proposing her resolution, she said the proposed substation, next to a playground, near homes in a densely populated part of East Boston, and not that far from Logan fuel tanks, should be an affront to all Bostonians, that if one neighborhood is hurt, "all of our neighborhoods are hurt."
"It is not only a slap in our face, but a kick in the gut to a neighborhood already burned by airport pollution," she said. "It's time for us as a city to say no more."
Edwards acknowledged the state Energy Facilities Siting Board this week approved the Eversource project, but said residents vowed to "go down swinging" and are trying to get every city elected official to go on record that this should never happen again.