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Myersville Protesters Reject Dominion Transmission Expansion

Ruth White, left, Ann Nau and Sophie Nau, right, voice their concerns about Dominion Transmission’s plans to expand the Myersville compressor station/Photo by Nancy Lavin
Ruth White, left, Ann Nau and Sophie Nau, right, voice their concerns about Dominion Transmission’s plans to expand the Myersville compressor station/Photo by Nancy Lavin

By Nancy Lavin, Frederick News-Post

MYERSVILLE — An open house Tuesday night on Dominion Transmission’s expansion plans — including the addition of a second compressor at its Myersville station — drew a small but vocal group of protesters to Town Hall.

The event was the fourth and final in a series of open houses throughout the region on Dominion’s Leidy South Project, which includes expanded compression along its interstate natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland. If approved, the project would add a second, 15,900-horsepower compressor at the Myersville compressor station, which went into service late last fall.

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Toxicologist Investigates Illnesses Near Minisink Gas Compressor

Resident says family suffering maladies
Milennium's gas compressor station in  Minisink was built 18 months ago. /Photo Times Herald-Record
Millennium’s gas compressor station in Minisink was built 18 months ago. /Photo Times Herald-Record

By Jessica Cohen, Times Herald-Record

TOWN OF MINISINK – Public health toxicologist David Brown does not call his work with people living around gas compressor stations “research.”

“When people are sick, you don’t do a study. You find out what they’re sick from,” he said.

Brown is a founder of the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, a nonprofit group begun in 2011, initially devoted to providing public health information and services related to natural gas extraction in Washington County. Continue reading Toxicologist Investigates Illnesses Near Minisink Gas Compressor

Putting Quality-of-Life Issues at the Core of Environmental Movement

Print by Ricardo Levins Morales
Print by Ricardo Levins Morales
Symposium participants share stories, strategies of taking on big industry, agriculture.

By Rona Kobell, Bay Journal

When a large energy company came to Myersville, MD, in 2011 requesting permission to build a compressor station for its natural gas delivery, Ann Nau and her neighbors thought they’d win the fight to keep it out.

Dominion Transmission, a subsidiary of Virginia-based Dominion Resources, hoped to build the station less than one mile from the Frederick County, MD, town’s only elementary school. Nau, who had a child at the school, worried about air emissions from the 16,000-horsepower station. She worried about overwhelming the town’s small fire department, about traffic on its small-town roads, noise and fumes.

The neighbors organized a group, Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community. They wrote letters. They packed public meetings. And when the town zoning board unanimously denied the zoning variance Dominion needed, Nau and her neighbors rejoiced. Continue reading Putting Quality-of-Life Issues at the Core of Environmental Movement

Columbia Gas Thumbs Nose at PA Town, But Officials Prepared to Enforce Rules

By Pamela Sroka-Holzmann | The Express-Times

Forks Township supervisors Thursday told residents they would take action on Columbia Gas Co.’s expanded compressor station if the project doesn’t adhere to township ordinances.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which has oversight of the project, in December allowed Columbia Gas Transmission to move forward with plans for the East Side Expansion project.

The project seeks to more than quadruple the horsepower of the compressor station, from roughly 5,000 horsepower to 22,000. Columbia spokesman Brendan Neal previously said the project is intended to meet increased demand for natural gas. Continue reading Columbia Gas Thumbs Nose at PA Town, But Officials Prepared to Enforce Rules

Pennsylvania Town Says No to Four Times More Pollution, Noise

Photo by Tim Wynkoop
Photo by Tim Wynkoop

By Edward Sieger, The Express-Times

About 20 Forks Township residents and activists gathered outside the Columbia Gas compressor station Saturday afternoon in the township’s northern tier to protest a proposed expansion that will more than quadruple the facility’s horsepower.

Lining the road outside the Klein Road facility that moves natural gas to market, protesters held signs declaring “How Long Can You Hold Your Breath” and “Folks Who Favor Fracking Must be Sent Packing.” Some protesters sported gas masks and an armed security guard stood near a car parked in the property’s driveway before moving back behind locked gates.

Pacing the road with a megaphone in hand, Sam Koplinka-Loehr with the Clean Air Council led the group in chants that could be heard echoing over the predominantly rural landscape.

“Columbia, can you hear us?” Koplinka-Loehr said into the megaphone. “We have a message for you. Stop messing with our air.” Continue reading Pennsylvania Town Says No to Four Times More Pollution, Noise

Fracking Impacts Without Drilling

Photo: Staging site for construction of Myersville compressor station/Anne Meador

By Ann M. Nau, Center for Health, Environment & Justice

In talking about ‘fracking’, oftentimes the industry tries to limit the discussion to the actual process of injecting liquid at high pressure into rock formations to extract gas. However, there is a broad network of infrastructure that is required to support that process, including storage facilities, compressor stations, metering stations, processing facilities, gathering lines, and intrastate and interstate pipelines. And regulatory oversight of those components falls to various local and federal agencies, if it is regulated at all. Very generally speaking, activities related to drilling fall under state authority while the federal government has oversight of interstate pipelines and associated facilities.  And what that means for towns like Myersville is that while there is currently no fracking in Maryland, the natural gas boom has already negatively affected our community.

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