LNG company accuses R.I. government of stalling permits

PROVIDENCE, R.I. –A company attempting to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in Fall River, Mass., alleges that Rhode Island agencies are dragging their feet instead of issuing permits needed to complete the project.

Weaver’s Cove Energy received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last summer to build a 73-acre LNG terminal on the banks of the Taunton River.

One condition was that the company get permission from Rhode Island authorities to dredge part of Mount Hope Bay leading to the proposed terminal. Without dredging, LNG tankers can’t reach the site.