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Compressor Stations, Natural Gas Still Creating A Public Stir


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As more gas compressor stations cover the landscape due to the shift in natural gas usage, the public perception remains grim.

In Fort Worth, Texas, neighborhood residents are torn over a proposed ordinance change that would permit gas companies to place compressors only on industrial-zoned and planned development sites, but would grandfather in compressors already established on 41 sites. While residents like the zoning restrictions, they are worried those living on the grandfathered sites would lose protection.

In Vermont, the first state to ban hydraulic fracturing in the United States, Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) has pledged his support behind natural gas by allocating federal dollars for a US$90 million expansion of the state’s Gas System’s pipeline. The governor also attended a groundbreaking ceremony at a natural gas compressor station in Milton, Vermont. These moves have put some media members at odds with him, calling his actions “ironic.”

In Pennsylvania, Mount Pleasant Township and Samuel Fulton, an Arlington, Virginia resident, are at odds because the township has been sending him $578.50 daily citations. The township claims he is violating its land-use ordinance because MarkWest Energy Partners is operating a natural gas compressor on property that should have been subdivided, according to the township. Officials think it will take six to eight months before the Commonwealth Court makes a decision in the case.

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