B.A.S.E (Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion)
B.A.S.E. Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion is a community organization working to stop Spectra Energy's expansion of gas infrastructure in Burrillville, Rhode Island.
Spectra Energy operates a natural gas pipeline, the Algonquin, that travels through New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Here in Burrillville, a compressor station increases the pressure of the natural gas passing through the pipeline. The compressor station currently spews toxic pollutants into our air and water, generates horrendous amounts of noise, and lowers our property values, but Spectra is now working on the second expansion to a compressor station so that more gas can pass through the pipeline! This will worsen all of the existing problems, including increasing the risk of explosions.
Much of this gas will likely be exported abroad, raising the price we pay here in the States. What doesn't get exported is proposed to be burned at the Invenergy Gas Power Plant which if built, will emit millions of pounds of toxic air pollutants every year, including Particulate Matter, Nitrogen Oxide, and Volatile Organic Compounds - known causes of heart, lung and other serious diseases.
The air pollution would also harm local lakes, streams, and damage sensitive forests and farm crops vital to our local economy.
We need your help to ensure that Burrillville remains safe, clean, and vibrant!