Monday, January 30, 2006

House Speaker Critical of Hazardous Transports

House Speaker Sal DiMasi, who lives in the North End, was critical of hazardous cargo coming through the neighborhood in a Boston Globe story yesterday.

The story linked DiMasi's concern to our opposition to LNG tankers in Boston Harbor, and threw in some information about our effort. We're encouraged by this little bit of traction, but we still need your support. Hit the "comment" button or send us an e-mail, and let us know you support getting LNG tankers out of Boston Harbor.


At 2:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I absolutely agree with Rep. DiMasi about the LNG tankers coming through Boston Harbor. I also live on Commercial St., and have been concerned for several years about these tankers.

However, we seem to give less attention to the number of tanker trucks that incessantly roar up and down Commercial St. It is almost impossible to keep the windows open because of the constant noise at all hours of the day and night.

The trucks are also extremely dangerous, particularly given the rate of speed at which they travel. There are times, especially early in the morning when they move so fast they cannot or will not stop at the traffic lights. I fear that either they will strike a pedestrian or cause a traffic accident. Either way, the results would be devastating.

While we search for an alternative to LNG tankers in the Harbor, let’s look for a way to reroute these trucks and keep them out of our residential neighborhoods.

At 4:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should get the LNG tankers out of Boston Harbor. That means all out, and not sacrificing Outer Brewster Islan or any portion of the Harbor Islands National Park area.

At 9:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The speaker knows that stopping the tankers will barely improve safety. Most of the gas is trucked around the region to other storage facilities, like the KeySpan tank right next to the Southeast expressway in Dorchester. The real way to limit exposure to the danger of LNG over the long run is to reduce our dependence on it, not increase it as the energy companies are hoping. Usage has increased dramatically because electric utilities are choosing it over other methods of producing electricity, not working hard enough to consever, and also shipping the electricity they generate into the grid. Stop LNG and demand a clear energy policy with incentives for conservation and more reliance on wind, solar, and hydro.

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