Compressor Advocates Getting The Feds Involved

Federal judge rules in favor of New York compressor station


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Compressor projects seem to coming to the eyes of the federal government more frequently. In late October, a federal judge ruled in favor of a compressor station in the Town of Wales, New York.

Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny stated that the town’s noise regulations interfere with the standards established by the federal government. National Fuel Gas Supply Corp., which runs the station, applauded the ruling. The company sued the town last year due to the municipality’s noise restrictions set forth in a special-use permit.

The township’s permit addressed several issues from emissions and aesthetics to safety, but National Fuel was concerned over the noise level guidelines. In the lawsuit, an official with the utility said it never agreed to the town’s strict noise regulations, and favored those by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

In Pennsylvania, Columbia Pipeline Group presented amended plans on Nov. 1 for the FERC for constructing a new natural gas pipeline in Upper Uwchlan in Chester County. The plan calls for a 9.5 mile (15.3 km) pipeline from West Bradford to the Eagle compressor station. The pipeline will run through Caln and Uwchlan under the east branch of the Brandywine Creek.

The pipeline’s placement is creating a stir in the community, as some worry about the environmental impact of the project. The new pipeline would run adjacent to the old one that has serviced the area since 1948.

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