The Weymouth Compressor Station: Exhibit A in the persistence of toxic burden ‘hotspots’

The preponderance of rural gas compressors (black dots) vs those few sited in high urban density (pink boxes), including the Weymouth compressor. Data: HIFLD Open Data, Mapped by VzPI.

To date, the unrelenting ‘natural’ gas infrastructure buildout of frack pads, gathering lines, interstate pipelines, compressor stations, power plants, cracker plants and LNG ports has occurred largely ‘upstream’ of America’s urban centers. Within urban centers, smaller local distribution pipes dominate —invisible, mundane urban infrastructure. Recently, however, an intrusive push for upstream infrastructure within urban centers is taking shape.

Case in point: The Weymouth Enbridge Compression Station, just south of Boston, Massachusetts.

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