WEYMOUTH, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The controversial Weymouth gas compressor station was forced to use their emergency shutdown system last Friday after gas was released at the ground level.
No one was hurt in the incident, but the parent company behind this gas compressor station, Enbridge, notified the town of Weymouth on Friday there was gas that was released at the ground level after a gasket failed.
That led to them triggering their emergency shutdown system. This came after days of testing at the site, where gas was being released into the air for brief periods of time.
This entire project has been surrounded by controversy and sees protests on a near daily basis.
It has helped move natural gas through pipelines owned by Enbridge in the Northeast into Canada. However, it now sits right on the water by the Fore River Bridge and is essentially now a part of a crowded neighborhood.
Thousands of South Shore residents are within a one-mile radius of this site, and if anything did happen it could be a disaster.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection was notified of the incident at the Fore River Bridge in Weymouth.
WBZ NewsRadio's Jim MacKay (@JimMacKayOnAir) reports