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LNG Terminal on Brewster -- revived!


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According to a story in today's Globe, the backers of the LNG terminal have manuevered to revive it in the MA House.

The article also reports the opposition of the National Park Service to the terminal. Below is the part about the legislative revival. The complete article is at http://tinyurl.com/h8pe6



Outer Brewster Island LNG site faces Park Service opposition

By Stephanie Ebbert, Globe Staff | May 18, 2006


Two months ago, the proposal by AES to build a liquefied natural gas terminal on the island seemed dormant when a legislative committee that had held hearings on the measure tabled it.

But last week, the state House voted to move the bill out of study and directed it to a different committee, which is headed by the bill's chief sponsor, Representative Brian Dempsey, a Haverhill Democrat, where it would presumably face an easier vote.

Dempsey did not return a telephone call yesterday.

Moving the bill to Dempsey's committee requires a concurrence vote in the Senate, which supporters and opponents of the bill say should take place today.

The bill, as written, gave the Virginia company a right to develop the island for a liquefied natural gas terminal -- a move its supporters said would offer the advantage of bringing LNG shipments safely offshore. Since Sept. 11, 2001, officials have become concerned that a terrorist attack on an LNG tanker delivering to a terminal in Everett could devastate Boston neighborhoods.

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