Rhode Island group briefs newly elected on LNG fight

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A group of Rhode Island municipalities opposed to the Weaver's Cove liquefied natural gas,or LNG, terminal in Fall River, Massachusetts is working to bring newly elected officials up to speed on the issue.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says it's still conducting the environmental review on plans to turn an existing LNG facility into a distribution terminal. And FERC says there's no timeline for when it will release a final decision.

A group, called Congress of Councils, wants officials from both Rhode Island and Massachusetts to understand where legislation blocking the terminal stands. The group is made up of officials from Jamestown, Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth.

Opponents are concerned about the environmental impact of bringing liquefied natural gas up into Mount Hope Bay. The company wanting to build the terminal says it's needed to meet a growing demand for natural gas.

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