Rehoboth Election

Opponents of the gas compressor station, from left, Henry Pires, Gins Woodrul, Debbie Pires and Tracy Buckley, hold signs for voters arriving to the Rehoboth Town Offices for voting in the town election. (Photo by Paul Connors / Sun Chronicle staff)

REHOBOTH — Selectmen are drafting a letter to state officials regarding Monday’s vote opposing the proposed compressor station.

“We have heard the voice of the people,” said selectmen Chairman Skip Vadnais at Tuesday’s meeting.

Vadnais said the letter would reflect the concerns of residents and their overwhelming opposition to the compressor station.

Question 2 on the ballot asked: “Do you approve of the gas compressor station proposed to be built in Rehoboth by Spectra Energy Algonquin Pipeline Transmission, LLC?”

The final results showed nearly 90 percent of voters siding against the project, with 2,261 “no” votes and just 224 “yes” ones. Relations between the town and Spectra have been strained. A meeting had been scheduled for Feb. 27 but was indefinitely postponed. In a statement, the board of selectmen noted Spectra planned to “reevaluate and reexamine” its proposal.

“They do not wish to meet with us regarding any specific plans and will not move ahead until they have restructured a specific proposal,” the statement explained.

The Access Northeast project, in partnership with National Grid and Eversource Energy, entails approximately 55 1/2 miles of new pipeline, plus additional facilities. The natural-gas pipeline facility would be built in a 120-acre wooded site close to Seekonk and Attleboro and about 10 miles from downtown Providence.

The facility would be part of 26 proposed projects between New York and Boston along the Algonquin natural-gas pipeline, which is owned by Spectra. These projects include the construction of a liquefied natural gas storage facility in Acushnet. The project is currently being reviewed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in what is called the pre-filing process. If approved, construction is expected to begin in 2018.

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