RIPR News
1:24 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

Congressmen make move to block Fall River LNG terminal

Providence, R.I. – Local opponents are cheering an apparent final blow to plans to build a liquefied natural gas facility in Fall River.

Language added to a U.S. House bill by Massachusetts Congressmen Barney Frank and James McGovern would prevent an LNG terminal from being built within five miles of Fall River.

One opponent of the terminal, state Rep. Raymond Gallison of Bristol, says he hopes this marks the end of the project.

"The LNG tankers that would be coming into Narragansett Bay and Mount Hope Bay would be a total disruption to using Narragansett Bay for recreational economic purposes," Gallison says. "So this is very much welcome news."

Gallison says Rhode Island should instead be able to get its LNG through a pipeline from a facility near Gloucester, Massachusetts. But an upgrade to that pipeline first requires federal approval.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Associated Press contributed to this report.