FERC to hold compressor station meeting Nov. 7

(Source: The Frederick News-Post)trackingBy Ed Waters Jr., The Frederick News-Post, Md.

Oct. 29–Myersville-area residents will have an opportunity to provide input on a proposed natural gas compressor station near the town on Nov. 7.

Staff members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will be at the Myersville Volunteer Fire Hall at 7 p.m. to discuss the station, which has been proposed by Dominion Transmission Inc.

The station would sit on a 22-acre site off Md. 17 and Milt Summers Road, south of the main part of town. The compressor station would use a 16,000 horsepower compressor to boost natural gas as the gas flowed through an underground pipeline during peak demand time. The station would consist of three buildings on 3.5 acres of the site. The cost is estimated at $55 million. It is known as the Allegheny Storage Project.

The Nov. 7 meeting will focus on the environmental impact of the station, during construction and once in operation. The environmental assessment will include a look at geology and soils, land use, water resources and wetlands, vegetation and wildlife, and endangered and threatened species, cultural resources, air quality and noise and public safety.

Dominion presented its plans to town residents at a town meeting on Sept. 7 and at an open house on Sept. 26 at the fire hall.

The company initially planned the station at a 135-acre site it purchased in 2009 for $2.4 million on Marker Road near Middletown. That location drew extensive opposition from Middletown residents. Dominion later considered a location near Jefferson, but that also drew opposition and the plan was put on hold until July when a application pre-filing was made with FERC.

Following the FERC meetings and reviews, Dominion will file a formal application in February and there will be application reviews by FERC through December 2012.

Dominion wants to start construction, pending application approval, in early to mid-2013, with the station going into full service in November 2014.

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