Monica Huertas, campaign coordinator for No LNG in PVD, along with area residents and other community and environmental organizations, held an action outside the National Grid facility near the corner of Allens Avenue and Terminal Road on Thursday afternoon to bring attention to the $180 million, fracked, liquefied natural gas compressor station Grid is trying to build in South Providence. No LNG in PVD sees the project as “a clear example of environmental racism, as all 11 of the Environmental Protection Agency‘s identified toxic polluters in Providence are already in this zip code, which is predominantly low-income people of color.” The impact and dangers of this project are enormous and have been outlined by the Environmental Justice League here.

The action had the support and attendance of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Brown, who is challenging incumbent Governor Gina Raimondo in the primary.

“When it was off-shore drilling, [Raimondo] went over there – she sent people over there to stop that. Now the people of Providence, the black and brown people of Providence, are telling her to stop liquefied natural gas from being built in our Port, and she hasn’t said anything,” said Huertas. “So what I’m saying is stand with Matt Brown because he’s standing with the people of Providence. Vote for him on September 12.”

Matt Brown

All attending the action was Pat Fontes, who is challenging Senator Sheldon Whitehouse in the Democratic primary.

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John Burns
John Burns

The prevailing wind will also take the polluted air to LNGina’s home on the East Side of Providence. She must stop taking campaign contributions from National Grid.