Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hess LNG declared dead; your letter is needed

Barney Frank and Jim McGovern maneuver to kill Hess LNG terminal

By Staff reports
Herald News
Posted Aug 19, 2010 @ 12:24 PM
Last update Aug 19, 2010 @ 12:31 PM
U.S. Reps. Barney Frank and James McGovern said on Thursday morning that they added language to a House appropriations bill that would prohibit construction of an LNG terminal within five miles of Fall River.

Frank said in a press conference at the Narrows Center for the Arts that the bill is "a stake in the heart of the project."

They said the bill has bipartisan support for the measure and a promise from the House leadership that it would be approved by Oct. 1.

After years of public uncertainty, Frank and McGovern said this move helps to alleviate doubt concerning the terminal's construction.

Here is an excerpt from the Save the Bay website:
"Congressmen Barney Frank and Jim McGovern today announced that they have made a very significant and perhaps decisive step forward in efforts to block the construction of the Hess LNG terminal.

McGovern and Frank, along with Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri, Fall River Mayor Michael Flanagan, and virtually all state and local government officials representing the Fall River area, have strongly opposed the LNG proposal and have fought it since it was first introduced eight years ago.

The mechanism by which Frank and McGovern in the House, working with Senators Kerry and Brown in the Senate, will help definitively end consideration of the LNG project is through a provision Frank and McGovern have written for the Energy and Water Appropriations bill in the House.

The provision would ban any federal funds from being used to further the LNG project in any way, including a prohibition on using funds even to advance the permitting process.

If the bill is signed into law, the long fight to stop the LNG terminal will effectively be over."

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

While celebrating the work of progesssive congressmen like Frank and McGovern in helping to kill the proposed LNG terminal, please take the time to learn more about David Segal, the progressive candidate in RI who is poised to replace Patrick Keenindy's house seat:

And don't miss the chance to meet David in person at Bristol's Agave Restaurant on Saturday, Aug. 21 at 8 PM!