Fenton Zoning Board of Appeals rejects application for Hillcrest natural gas compressor station

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The Town of Fenton Zoning Board of Appeals has voted to reject an application to build a natural gas compressor station in Hillcrest.

Tuesday night, the Zoning Board of Appeals voted 3 to 2 against the current application submitted by the Vermont based company, NG Advantage.

NG is looking to tap gas from the Millennium Pipeline which would be compressed at 71 West Service Road in Hillcrest and trucked across the state.

Specifically, the vote rejected the Town's designation of the site as a trucking terminal and the board deemed NG's proposal as a non-permissible use.

NG argued that since compressing and loading the gas onto trucks is part of the transportation process, the facility should be designated as a trucking terminal.

Port Dickinson Resident and compressor station opponent Jeri-Anne McKeon says she didn't know how the vote would play out.

"We were prepared for the worst.  There was some shock and it was surreal and exciting and we got a sense of relief.  We overcame this big hurdle.  This was a big hurdle for us," said McKeon.

NG Advantage now has three options - challenge the decision in court, ask the Town to reclassify the site to meet the proper designation of the facility, or not move forward with the project.

NG Spokesman, Morgan Hook tells NewsChannel 34 that the company is disappointed with the decision and is reviewing all of the options before deciding on what to do next.

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