Sunday, February 14, 2010

Save the Bay meets with legislative leaders

“Forty years ago Save The Bay was founded by citizens to stop an oil refinery in Tiverton,” Jonathan Stone said. Since then he said the group has fought against four oil refineries, two LNG terminals, one nuclear power plant and one coal-fired power plant.

“The Hess project is the greatest threat that we’ve seen in 20 years,” Stone said.

He said the project will have severe economic impacts because waterways and harbors will be closed each time tankers pass through. He argued it will threaten restoration of winter flounder populations. And he said it’s not needed because several other LNG terminals have opened or will open elsewhere in New England and eastern Canada.

“We put 22,000 kids on the Bay in education programs. We’re a national leader,” said Stone. “Our habitat restoration work is a national leader. I wish we could go back to improving the Bay rather than defending it."

For the full article by Pro Jo Environmental Journalist, Peter Lord, go to:

Jonathan Stone is executive director of Save the Bay.

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