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Weymouth Compressor Construction Continues Despite Pandemic

The proposed Weymouth compressor station would be constructed between the MWRA Braintree-Weymouth Pump Station, in the foreground, and Bridge Street, the road that crosses the Fore River Bridge. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
The proposed Weymouth compressor station would be constructed between the MWRA Braintree-Weymouth Pump Station, in the foreground, and Bridge Street, the road that crosses the Fore River Bridge. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The construction of a major natural gas infrastructure project in Weymouth is one effort that hasn't been hindered by the coronavirus pandemic.

"We are currently proceeding with construction activities for the Weymouth Compressor Station, while taking steps to protect work crews and the public," Enbridge spokesman Max Bergeron said.

Enbridge is following guidance provided by governmental authorities, Bergeron said, noting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has identified energy infrastructure as being critical during the COVID-19 response.

"This underscores our duty to continue to provide essential energy across North America while at the same time prioritizing the health and safety of our people and the public," he said.

Project opponents earlier this week touted plans for a rolling protest in which they would meet in Quincy and slowly drive through the site, with one person in each vehicle, to extend their unrelenting opposition to the project.

Precautionary measures Enbridge is undertaking include daily screening of those entering the work site, adhering to social distancing, excusing attendance for those who may be at risk, reinforcing the importance of hygiene, ensuring hand-washing station availability, and routinely cleaning common areas in the project site, according to Bergeron.

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