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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

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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