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Pennsylvania eco-group fighting compressor station

By Bob Downing Published: August 5, 2012

From Susan Phillips of Pennsylvania NPR's StateImpact:

The Clean Air Coun­cil has appealed a per­mit issued by the Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion to Angelina Gath­er­ing Com­pany for a com­pres­sor sta­tion expan­sion in Her­rick Town­ship, Brad­ford County.

Com­pres­sor sta­tions push nat­ural gas through pipelines toward pro­cess­ing plants.

 In addi­tion to emis­sions from the com­pres­sor sta­tion, nearby nat­ural gas oper­a­tions also cre­ate air pol­lu­tion.

The law­suit, filed with the Penn­syl­va­nia Envi­ron­men­tal Hear­ing Board, says the DEP should have aggre­gated nearby sources of air pol­lu­tion, which include nine wells that serve the Green­zweig Com­pres­sor Sta­tion.

If the state com­bined emis­sions from the nine wells, and the com­pres­sor sta­tion, more strin­gent envi­ron­men­tal rules would apply. These include greater pol­lu­tion lim­its, record keep­ing, mon­i­tor­ing and pub­lic input.

The law­suit also says state reg­u­la­tors mis­cal­cu­lated emis­sions and failed to respond to pub­lic comments. 



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