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Representative Dykema Tours Eversource Natural Gas Facilities

by Press Release
January 14, 2019

                       Rep. Dykema, Sen. Spilka, Rep. Golden, Sen. Barrett, and Hopkinton town officials tour the liquefied natural gas facility.

HOPKINTON/SOUTHBOROUGH – Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) invited her colleagues on the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy, along with local legislators and public safety officials, to tour two natural gas facilities operated by Eversource in towns she represents.

 

Rep. Dykema was joined by Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland), who also represents Hopkinton, committee chairs Rep. Tom Golden (D-Lowell) and Sen. Mike Barrett (D-Lexington), Rep. Jim Hawkins (D-Attleboro), Hopkinton Town Manager Norman Khumalo, and Hopkinton Fire Chief Stephen Slaman to tour the liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage facility in Hopkinton and the gas operations control center in Southborough. Eversource officials, including Bill Ackley, president of the Gas Business Unit, provided information on the operations, safety protocols, and emergency response planning that occurs at each site.

Bill Ackley, president of Eversource Energy’s Gas Business Unit, briefs Rep. Hawkins, Rep. Dykema, Sen. Barrett, and staff for Sen. Spilka and Rep. Randy   Hunt (R-Sandwich) on the operations at the Southborough control center.

The Legislature has been closely examining the existing gas safety framework in the months following the Columbia Gas incident in the Merrimack Valley. This tour offered the opportunity for lawmakers to meet and learn from both administrators and site operators, providing valuable insight as state legislators prepare to file bills for the coming legislative session.

The Hopkinton LNG facility provides storage for natural gas in the summer months and supplies natural gas for as many as 40 percent of Eversource customers in periods of extreme cold. The control center oversees operations and responds to concerns for gas customers in Massachusetts and Connecticut, where any safety-related calls or alerts are processed and relayed to maintenance workers or public safety officials when necessary.

            Chief Slaman, Rep. Hawkins, and Rep. Dykema tour the Southborough control center.

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Representative Carolyn Dykema represents the communities of Holliston, Hopkinton, Southborough and Precinct 2 of Westborough in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

 

 

 

 

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We read this with great appreciation. It is good to know that Rep. Dykema, Senator Spilka and their colleagues are doing their best to ensure that our natural gas supply is safe, particularly in the wake of the devastating natural gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley.

At the same time, we are concerned that natural gas carries major inherent risks, in terms of day-to-day safety, but more importantly as a driver of climate disruption. The United Nations International Panel on Climate Change has made it clear that we need to cut our fossil fuel emissions in half within the next twelve years, if we want to avoid the most expensive and dangerous consequences of a warming planet. This is a huge challenge.

Therefore we urge Rep. Dykema, Senator Spilka and their colleagues to take bold leadership to facilitate this crucial transition to a clean energy economy. And we urge anyone reading this to be in touch with your legislators to let them know how much you care about a healthy climate!

Dawn Durning-Hammond

Joan Hunter-Brody

Jason Dionne

Utah Nickel

Holliston Members of Upper Charles Climate Action, 350 Mass

- Dawn Hammond | 1/27/19 10:35 PM

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