Natural Resource Damages Program Manufactured Gas Plant Settlements | MassDEP

Manufactured gas plants, or MGPs, made gas for lighting, heating, and cooking. They operated from the mid 1800s until the mid 1900s. Heating coal and oil to make gas also created waste tars and ash. Below are summaries of NRD settlements at MGP sites.

Holyoke Coal Tar 21E Site NRD Settlement

In 2004, Trustees settled NRD claims with responsible parties at a former Manufactured Gas Plant in Holyoke for $500,000. Historic operations released coal tar and oil to Connecticut River surface water and sediment. Tar deposits harmed fish and freshwater mussels and their habitats.

In 2012, the Trustees released a Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment. Following public review and comment, the Trustees selected 3 restoration projects:

  • Bartlett Rod Shop Company Dam removal on Amethyst Brook

  • Fishway on the Manhan River

  • Freshwater mussel surveys

In 2015, the Trustees amended the Plan to provide funds to remove a timber dam on Amethyst Brook and control water chestnut in the Connecticut River.

The Trustee Council includes MassDEP, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Island End River Coal Tar NRD Settlement

In 2008, Trustees settled NRD claims with responsible parties at a former Manufactured Gas Plant in Everett for $300,000. Historic operations released of coal tar and oil to the Island End River. The Island End River is a small tributary of the Mystic River, which empties into Boston Harbor. Tar deposits on sediment harmed fish and and their habitats.

In 2015, the Trustees released a Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment. Following public review and comment, the Trustees selected a restoration project to restore 1.3 acres area of salt marsh at Oak Island in Revere. The Trustees' project is located next to 4.38 acres of wetland mitigation completed by the responsible parties.

The Trustee Council includes MassDEP, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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