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Research & Communications for clean energy watchdog group @EnergyandPolicy, monitoring the fossil fuel & utility industries. Tips? DM is open for Signal #
May 23, 2019 12 tweets 4 min read
THREAD on my latest story on #Enbridge's compressor station in #Weymouth MA. Comparing the amended lab's (Alpha Analytical) air pollution report the DEP revealed last week, to the original report it produced in August '18 raises, serious new concerns 1/12… Not only does the report show Alpha originally found at least 12 *newly disclosed* toxins & carcinogens in the Fore River Basin, but another toxin, acetaldehyde, detected in several samples in the early report, curiously disappears in the same samples in the new report 2/12
May 17, 2019 13 tweets 6 min read
BREAKING: Private lab withheld from MassDEP data of elevated levels of the carcinogen 1,3-butadiene it found in #Weymouth last year. On the left, lab's original samples from summer '18; on the right, amended report it *suddenly* produced last night, showing 1,3-butadeine. The amended report's newly discovered data shows 1,3-butadiene levels *above* the state's AAL -- the allowable limit for cancer risk, which is extremely low limit of exposure because 1,3-butadiene is a highly potent compound, consistently associated with leukemia.
May 9, 2019 8 tweets 4 min read
Image thread suggesting a tight relationship between MA Governor Charlie Baker and Chris Vincze, president and CEO of TRC, and his wife Janet. TRC is #Enbridge's contractor in the Atlantic Bridge/Weymouth compressor project. Here's Chris (left) & family w/ Baker & Lt. Gov. Polito Here they are again, at Christmas.
May 9, 2019 8 tweets 4 min read
THREAD on my latest #Enbridge compressor station in #Weymouth story. In testimony, MassDEP's air official Glenn Keith cited my reporting showing DEP conducted *undisclosed* air samplings in the Fore River Basin, which found elevated levels of carcinogens and other pollutants. 1/7 Keith says the results, analyzed by a RI lab, were emailed to a low level DEP staffer on Dec. 26, '18 (left). This directly contradicts DEP's version in April, that they received the results AFTER the HIA was published (i.e. early January '19) (right)… 2/7
Apr 22, 2019 13 tweets 7 min read
1. Another THREAD on Enbridge's #Weymouth, MA compressor station. Internal MassDEP documents point to other problematic issues with the Health Impacts Assessment (HIA) Massachusetts conducted for the station (which I couldn't fit in my recent article 👇).… 2. Take a look at the following paragraph from the HIA report (page 85). The average reader will reasonably conclude that MassDEP conducted chromatography air monitoring for four pollutants (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene, a.k.a. BTEX) for four months (Aug-Nov)
Apr 19, 2019 12 tweets 5 min read
1. THREAD on my latest #Weymouth compressor station revelation. Last year Massachusetts conducted a Health Impacts Assessment (HIA), ordered by @MassGovernor Baker, to evaluate Enbridge's 7,700 HP station's effects on the densely-populated area.… 2. As part of the HIA, @MassDEP conducted air sampling to establish baseline conditions in the Fore River Basin, and sent the sampling canisters to a private lab for analysis. The lab found most chemicals it tested for to be below state limits on air pollution.
May 3, 2018 16 tweets 6 min read
1/ The @MassDEP yesterday denied charges of conflicts of interest against a specialist hired by @Enbridge to oversee cleanup of a contaminated site for its proposed compressor station in #Weymouth 2/ even though Kelley Race of @TRC_Companies has been working on the project for both @enbridge and Calpine for nearly two years, current conflict of interest rules allow her to also provide cleanup services as a state-certified Licensed Site Professional