The city of Fall River and the Town of Somerset have been targeted by Hess LNG and Weaver's Cove Energy to site two huge LNG facilities. This current proposal is the third one by Hess LNG/Weavers Cove Energy. The first proposal began in 2002 and was not permitted by federal authorities. After adjustments to their proposal, a second proposal was denied in 2006. We find this third proposal as outrageous as the first two for many reasons. Please read some of these facts and take action to stop this project once and for all. Our group has helped stop this project since 2002 by being very active in the fight and the community. We favor LNG and Natural Gas as a fuel, but the Hess LNG project facilities have been planned for the wrong location. The public inconvenience is obvious, the risks are high, and the consequences of an accident in this area are catastrophic. There are many other environmental issues, but the single biggest issue is the environment that Hess wants to build their facility in.

About the Project
The tank facility
In Fall River the "On Land" tank facility will be built in a densely populated area. It is surrounded by residential neighborhoods, a school, at least 2 nursing homes, and family developments. Click HERE to see a satellite image of this area. This tank facility will consist of :

The Mount Hope Bay offloading berth

The Transit
There will be 140 ship transits through Narragansett Bay each year. Each trip will be more than 20 miles within an inland waterway, and will have a moving Safety and Security Zone around the LNG ship. The Coast Guard has said that the safety and security some will extend 2 miles ahead, 1 mile astern and 1000 yards on either side. Recreational and Commercial Vessels will not be allowed in the safety and security zones unless they have obtained permission from the US Coast Guard "Captain of the Port" The Pell Bridge connecting Newport to Jamestown will be shut down as the vessel and the 3 mile security zone passes. The Mount Hope Bridge connecting Portsmouth to Bristol will be shut down as the vessel and the 3 mile security zone passes. Closing this bridges up to 140 times each year will cause traffic backups, delays, public safety expense, and dangers to emergency responders. During the transit of the Mount Hope Bridge, the vessel will come within 5 feet of the bridge deck in the center of the bridge.

How can I help?
These two sites and the vessel transit will have an adverse impact on many communities. As a result there are many residents of the following communities that have organized to help stop this project in various ways. Our group meets once a month publicly and participates in many other events. Here are some of the ways that you can help :
  • Attend one of our meetings or a meeting of another group in your area. Visit our Calender page for location and details.
  • Contact your US Senators, US Representatives, State and Local Politicians.
  • Please let them know that this is the wrong project for our area and that it must be stopped at all costs.
  • Sign up for our action alert email list.
  • Sign up for our action alert phone list.
  • Tell your friends, family and neighbors about the reasons this project is so wrong for the area.
  • Participate in public forums against this project.
  • Boycott Hess and Hess Express Gas Stations
  • Attend one of our Fundraisers or Donate to our organization


Amerada Hess has joined Weaver's Cove in trying to bring LNG to a populated area. On June 26, a group of members from the Coalition demonstrated in front of a Hess gas station to send a message that we don't want LNG in the Fall River and Somerset areas.


Fall River Tank Facility
NOAA Chart of Mount Hope Bay
Images related to Mount Hope Bay
Mount Hope Bay and surrounding areas.
Densely populated Fall River Areas bordering Mount Hope Bay
Items For Sale
Action Alerts

Other Organizations
Please visit some other local groups who are in opposition to this project.

Save The Bay
Save Bristol Harbor
Kickemuit River Council
Taunton River Watershed Alliance
Save Mount Hope Bay
Alliance for a Livable Newport
Coalition For Social Justice
Green Futures
Coalition Against Poverty
Public Citizen's Energy Program
Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group
Toxics Action Center
Newport & Bristol County Convention & Visitor's Bureau
Narragansett Bay Yachting Association
The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County
Bristol Yacht Club
East Warren Rod and Gun Club
Herreshoff Marine Museum
RI Marine Trades Association
RI Surfrider Foundation
Environment Council of Rhode Island
The Preservation Society of Newport County
RI Student Climate Coalition
LNG Terminal Siting Standards Organization
Clean The Bay
RI Saltwater Anglers Association
Save Mount Hope Bay
Newport County Chamber of Commerce
Bayview Neighborhood Association, Tiverton RI
North-End Neighborhood Association
Sandy Beach Association
Bank Street Neighborhood Association
Corky Row Association
Niagara Neighborhood Association
Flint Village West Neighborhood Association
Cole's River Club
Jamestown LNG Working Group

Public Officials Against Siting
LNG Facilities in Populated Areas

Senator Jack Reed
Senator John Kerry
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
Congressman Barney Frank
Congressman Jim McGovern
Congressman Patrick Kennedy
Congressman James Langevin
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley
Massachusetts Senate
Massachusetts House of Representatives
Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan
Former Fall River Mayor Ed Lambert
Former Fall River Mayor Robert Correia
Fall River City Council
Freetown Board of Selectmen
Somerset Board of Selectmen
Swansea Board of Selectmen
Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri
Rhode Island Attorney General Martha Coakley
Bristol Town Council
Warren Town Council
Tiverton Town Council
Portsmouth Town Council
Jamestown Town Council
Middletown Town Council
Newport City Council
Warwick City Council
Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian


Coalition for Responsible Siting of LNG Facilities©2006-2010
Funding for LNG education and outreach provided in part by:
New England Grassroots Environment Fund, Ben & Jerry's,
and Haymarket People's Fund.