2006-11-09 / News

DEM to hear from public on dredging for LNG terminal

The state Department of Environmental Management will conduct two public hearings this month on applications by Weaver's Cove Energy for a dredging permit and a water quality certificate to dredge in connection with its plans to build a liquid natural gas or LNG facility in Fall River, Mass.

The hearings are set for next Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 6:30 to 10 p.m.at Tiverton High School auditorium, 100 North Brayton Rd.; and Monday, Nov. 20, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Mount Hope High School auditorium, 199 Chestnut St. in Bristol.

Weaver's Cove is asking the DEM to permit them to dredge 140,000 to 230,000 cubic yards of sediment from Rhode Island's portion of the existing federal navigation channel in Mount Hope Bay. Depth of the channel would be increased from 35 feet to 37 feet. About 40,000 cubic yards of sediment would be removed as maintenance dredging. Some 100,000 cubic yards, as "improvement dredging," would deepen the authorized channel by 2 feet. The proposal would allow a 1-foot depth margin of error, which would mean an added 90,000 cubic yards of sediment to be dredged.

Written comments will be accepted at the hearings and through postal mail by Nov. 20 to Ronald Gagnon, DEM Office of Technical and Customer Assistance, 235 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02928.

Questions regarding hearings may be directed to Gagnon at 222-6822, ext. 7500. Documents related to the proposed project may be reviewed at the DEM Headquarters in Providence by appointment by calling 222-6822, ext. 7307.

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