Meetings continue to discuss security of liquified natural gas

WOODS HOLE, Mass. – Coast Guard representatives met Tuesday in Fall River, Mass., as they hosted the first of two security-focused work group meetings with partner agencies and local security experts.

The focus of the meeting was to review and validate security elements of the waterway suitability assessment submitted in January by Weaver’s Cove Energy, which proposes to import liquefied natural gas by ship.

The current plan proposes to build a marine berth in Mount Hope Bay and to install a sub-sea transfer pipeline extending from the berth to the Weaver’s Cove facility, which is located on the Taunton River in Fall River.

This meeting, and the meeting to follow it, are being held under the auspices of the Southeastern New England Area Maritime Security Committee.

The meeting participants include a cross section of waterway users and officials responsible for safety and security from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the State of Rhode Island, and local communities in the area.

“As the captain of the port, these working group meetings assist me in my development of the Coast Guard’s letter of recommendation to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as to the suitability of the waterway to accommodate the safe and secure transport of LNG,” said Coast Guard Capt. Raymond J. Perry.

The Coast Guard is responsible for making recommendations to FERC, the lead agency in the permitting process, as to the suitability of the waterway for LNG traffic.

While the meetings are not public hearings, opportunity for public comment on Weaver’s Cove, LLC’s waterway suitability assessment, the Coast Guard’s recommendation to FERC and FERC’s environmental analysis of the project will be provided by FERC in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

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