For the second time in 20 years the Hopkinton Fire & Police Departments and the Hopkinton LNG Corporation (Eversource) will conduct an in-person joint training exercise at the Hopkinton LNG facilities at 54 Wilson Street.
Hopkinton hosts the largest Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Peak Shaving plant in New England. It supplies LNG to more than 300,000 customers in 36 towns. The plant is divided into two sections; three storage tanks on side of Wilson Street that each hold 1 billion cubic feet of LNG, and a liquefaction and vaporization facility on the other side of the street.
The training will take place on Thursday, May 4 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and will involve firefighters from Westborough, Milford and Ashland.
In the Select Board meeting on April 25, Chief William Miller stated that the departments have been collaborating with Eversource for more than a year on this exercise.
“This drill is built around a real world scenario,” said Miller. “We will stage resources to account for response times. Every effort has been made to ensure that we are all being tested as if we are responding to an actual event.”
“What the community will see are pre-staged emergency vehicles on Legacy Farms North and emergency teams in the area,” said Hopkinton Police Chief Joseph Bennett. “Some roads will be closed but residents will be allowed to pass through. We want to emphasize that there is no cause for alarm.”
The Select Board praised the chiefs and Eversource for their collaborative relationship.
Board members Muriel Kramer and Mary Jo LeFreniere had questions for the chiefs about the recent HopNews article that revealed the failed vapor mitigation system at Legacy Farms. Kramer wondered aloud whose responsibility it was to inspect the system. Town Manager Norman Khumalo said that it fell to the HOA to manage. This seemed to satisfy the Select Board and they moved forward with the agenda.