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By Chris Lisinski

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 7, 2019.....Opposition to a proposed natural gas compressor station in Weymouth surged on multiple fronts Thursday with protests at the State House, the release of a report warning of potential health and environmental hazards, and new opposition from an organization whose work had paved the way for issuance of a key permit.

Activists against the proposed Weymouth gas compressor visited the State House on Thursday, holding mock pairs of scissors and urging Gov. Charlie Baker and regulators to "cut your hands free from fracked gas." [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]

Close to 100 environmental activists crowded the hallway near Gov. Charlie Baker's office, chanting that "children's health is not for sale" and holding paper scissors to demand the administration cut ties with fossil fuels. They pointed to a detailed account, released earlier that morning by eight experts, warning the compressor station would pose significant threats to an area already grappling with high rates of respiratory disease and poor air quality.

"This community is especially vulnerable," said Susan Racine, a doctor and instructor at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. "These people, nearly half of whom constitute an environmental justice population according to the definition of the Baker administration, deserve greater, not lesser, environmental protection."

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