While state agencies have been lining up in opposition to a liquefied natural gas import terminal, two organizations, including a city labor group, are voicing their support for such a facility at Weaver’s Cove.

While state agencies have been lining up in opposition to a liquefied natural gas import terminal, two organizations, including a city labor group, are voicing their support for such a facility at Weaver’s Cove.

Both the Construction and General Laborers Local 610 (AFL-CIO) and the Chemistry and Technology Alliance recently filed letters of support with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in regard to the joint proposal of Weaver’s Cove Energy and Hess LNG to construct an LNG facility along the Taunton River.

Stephen Mello, the business manager for the Fall River-based laborers union, said that organization “overwhelmingly approved” a resolution that was filed with FERC on Aug. 15.

Mello said the group, in its capacity as a labor union organization, focused more on the job opportunities such a facility would create — both in construction and operation — than on safety aspects.

“We’re in favor of it for the work,” Mello said. “We need work in this area, and this is a big job.”

In its resolution, which Mello said was voted on by the organization’s 500 plus Fall River residents among other members, the group says the project is needed based on the benefits it will have for the city, including creating tax revenue and improving the local economy.

“The Weaver’s Cove Energy project will be of significant and tremendous benefit to the city of Fall River by way of: lower and more secure gas prices, add employment opportunities and stimulate the local economy for several years, and considerably increase tax revenue to the city,” the resolution reads.

In its filing, the MCTA took a different approach in issuing its support.

While never specifically mentioning the Weaver’s Cove proposal, the letter states that natural gas resources are needed if the state is to succeed in creating more economic development opportunities.

“Gov. Deval Patrick announced the administration’s goal of creating 150,000 new jobs in Massachusetts during the next four years, which is very positive. The high cost of natural gas and the lack of supply will create substantial challenges, however, to achieving the governor’s economic development objectives,” the letter states.

A message left with the MCTA for further comment was not returned Tuesday.

The letter addresses the recent closing of Quaker Fabric, saying that recent news articles cited high energy costs as a critical deciding factor in the company’s inability to compete with companies in China and elsewhere.

While safety has been a reccurring concern for the project, it wasn’t mentioned in either letter of support.

Mello did say that safety was talked about, with some members saying it is a concern. He said he felt that safety matters have been overblown.

“I think people have been misled. There’s never been an incident with the stuff,” Mello said. “I mean, we’ve got a nuclear power plant 30 miles (away in Plymouth) and you never hear anyone complaining about it.”

Mello said an LNG facility will be a boon for Fall River.

“When you look at how this will affect the city, I don’t see any negative impacts,” Mello said. “That’s why we want them (FERC) to know we still want to build this and there are still people in favor of it.”   

E-mail Will Richmond of the Fall River (Mass.) Herald News at wrichmond@heraldnews.com.