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Compressor Stations Draw More Public Protests


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Although natural gas continues to gain favor as a low-priced fuel, some local communities are still objecting to compressor stations.

On July 8, a group of residents in Roseland, New Jersey, known as the Roseland Against Compressor Station (RACS), met at the town’s library to discuss the construction of a gas compressor station by Williams Transco Energy Co. The mayor requested RACS, as well as another group of residents, to form an ad hoc committee, which will meet on Aug. 5 with a Williams Transco representative.

A day later in Minisink, New York, members of Stop the Minisink Compressor Station held a demonstration outside of the office of U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), requesting that the senator take a stand on the compressor station recently built in their town. The group has been challenging Millennium Pipeline Co.’s compressor station for months without much success.

West Wyoming, Pennsylvania, residents said they plan to continue fighting a UGI Penn Natural Gas gate station. Residents are concerned about potential pollution and emission problems. The company started construction of the station during the second week of July.

To add fuel to the gas compressor station debate, a high-pressure 8 in. (20 cm) pipe ruptured at a northeast Ohio gas well, operated by Dominion East Ohio. The rupture prompted local authorities to evacuate hundreds of residents for fear of an explosion. No injuries or loss of gas service was reported. The gas line connects a storage well with a compressor station.
 

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