Work group meetings continue to discuss Weaver’s Cove Energy LNG proposal

WOODS HOLE, Mass., – Coast Guard representatives met today in Fall River, Mass., as they hosted the second of two navigation safety-focused work group meetings with partner agencies and local navigational experts.

The focus of the meeting was to review and validate 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.

Additionally, the Coast Guard will host two closed meetings to review and validate the waterway suitability assessment from the security standpoint. These meetings 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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