"Elf Effigies" Set Up By Weymouth Compressor Station Opponents


WEYMOUTH, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Residents who oppose the Weymouth Compressor Station are pressing on with their protest, despite news that the facility has been given clearance to go back online next week.

In a holiday-themed twist, a community group who are against the proposed station are using elves to represent children, who they say will be impacted when the station is fully operational.

In a press release this week, the anti-compressor group "Fore River Residents Against Compressor Station" (FRRACS) invited locals to mark the start-up of the new station by creating or decorating an "elf effigy" to be placed at Kings Cove Park.

"The art installation seeks to collect 310 elves of all kinds within the park," the group said. "Each elf will represent ten children who live in the immediate area of the toxic compressor station... We are asking the Elves to stand ground where it is dangerous for people to do so."

Residents and lawmakers have continued to raised concerns about the Weymouth Compressor Station, which had two emergency shutdowns in September.

Read More: Mass. Lawmakers Urge Shutdown of Weymouth Compressor Station

As the Patriot Ledger reports, the company got the green light Tuesday from the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to get the Weymouth facility back to service on December 4th.

Lisa Jennings of FRRACS said besides symbolizing innocence, their display of elves represents that someone is always watching.

"There is also something childlike about it that sparks imagination," she said, "and the possibility that something magical can happen, and this could all stop."

WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal reports:

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