Lynch shakes fist at energy company

By John O'Brien | Feb 3, 2009


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) - Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch is not happy that Weaver's Cove Energy is attempting to deliver liquefied natural gas to an offshore site in Mount Hope Bay.

Weaver's Cove submitted the idea to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Friday, and Lynch vowed Tuesday to fight it whenever he can. Weaver's Cove is owned by Hess LNG and wants tankers to bring LNG to the terminal so it can be sent inland through two pipelines.

"Now that Weaver's Cove Energy has concocted yet another plan to shove LNG down the throats of a community largely opposed to the disruptive and dangerous presence of tankers in our Rhode Island and Massachusetts waters and a terminal on Fall River's shore, we will continue to advocate against its approval, every step of the way," Lynch said.

According to a report on, Weaver's Cove spokesperson Jim Grasso said the plan would give the area a boost.

"The LNG facility would supply the region with a much-needed energy source," Grasso said, according to the report, "and the construction would boost the local economy, creating an estimated 1,000 jobs.

"One thousand jobs for three years of construction is a lot of jobs for an area that is second in the state for unemployment."

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