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Compressor Station May Be Coming To Fairmount Twp.

February 21, 2019
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Compressor Station May Be Coming To Fairmount Twp.

FAIRMOUNT TWP. — A natural gas compressor station could be coming to the Back Mountain.

The Williams Companies, which owns the recently opened Atlantic Sunrise pipeline, wants to build a compressor station that would increase the capacity of the that pipeline.

Compressor stations compress gas moving through a pipeline, helping it flow more efficiently.

The company has an agreement with a property owner to build on a 90-acre parcel off Jackson Hill Road in Fairmount Twp. About 20 acres of that parcel would be fenced in, and the station would be inside the fence. A second option for a location is adjacent, straddling the border of Fairmount and Ross townships.

Williams held an informational meeting Wednesday at the Irem Country Club in Dallas Twp. The company invited property owners within a half-mile radius of the proposed site.

The meeting was part of the “pre-filing” stage of the project. Williams is gathering information ahead of an application it plans to file this summer. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission oversees the approval process and could issue a decision about a year after that application is submitted, said Williams spokesman Christopher Stockton.

The company’s goal is to finish the project before the 2021-22 winter heating season.

The “Leidy South” project would also add a new compressor facility in Schuylkill County, upgrade existing compressor stations in Wyoming and Columbia counties and add some pipe in Lycoming and Clinton counties.

The goal is improved capacity that could move about 582 million additional cubic feet of natural gas per day from northern and western Pennsylvania to markets on the Atlantic seaboard. That’s enough to meet the daily needs of about 2.5 million homes, according to Williams.

When the Atlantic Sunrise project went online, it allowed Williams to move about 1.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. The Leidy South project would increase that capacity by about a third.

That pipeline project, which went into full service in October 2018, connected gas-producing areas in Pennsylvania to a 10,200-mile network of pipeline called the Transcontinental Pipeline, or Transco, the largest natural gas pipeline by volume in the country.

Fairmount Twp. resident Carl Harrison lives next to the parcel that could be home to the compressor station.

Even before the latest pipeline was installed, he lived near a pipeline in the area for decades. In fact, he was part of a survey team that helped install it.

He learned about the planned compressor station Wednesday. He plans to attend any future meetings that might be scheduled.

“I’ll just follow to see what’s going on,” he said.

Anyone else who wants to follow along can visit ferc.gov to sign up for updates on the “Leidy South Project,” with docket number PF-19-1.

That website is also one option for submitting comments on the project to the federal agency. The user’s guide under the “e-Filing” link has specific instructions.

Regular mail on the project can be sent to: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; 888 First Street, NE, Room 1A; Washington, DC 20426.

Contact the writer:

bwellock@citizensvoice.com

570-821-2051, @CVBillW