Wednesday, March 10, 2010

LNG State House Hess hearing well attended

"Keep the Hess out of Fall River"
Here's an eyewitness report from a stalwart member of Save Bristol Harbor on yesterday's LNG hearing.

There was a very large turnout at yesterday's Hess LNG hearing in opposition. Save Bristol Harbor (SBH) joined forces with members of Save the Bay, Save Mount Hope Bay, The Kickimuit River Council, and the Coalition for Responsible Siting of LNG (from Fall River and Somerset). I got to meet my new best friend John Martin and he even kissed me hello! Also, many like minded folks saw it online and just showed up which was terrific. One man came from over an hour away in Massachusetts as he keeps his boat in Portsmouth. We held our signs up in the rotunda of the capital, and then all marched in together to the chambers just as Gordon Shearer, President of Hess Oil, began his presentation which was great timing! We were "standing room only" (SRO) and filled the chamber to capacity. We were not allowed to speak, and were commended for our respectful behavior with no shout outs! The next meeting, Tuesday, March 16, at two o'clock at the RI State House will allow for citizen input. Joe Arruda (SBH President) already plans to make a presentation to refute many of the false claims Shearer made yesterday.

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