Natural gas company looks to build compressor station in Town of Fenton

TOWN OF FENTON, N.Y. - A natural gas transportation company in Vermont is looking to build a compressor station to hold fuel in the Town of Fenton.

NG Advantage of Colchester, Vermont is proposing to build an over $100 million natural gas compressor and loading facility located along West Service Road, just north of Port Dickinson Park.

The facility, which would be built in 2 phases, includes 9 compressor stations tapping gas from the 36-inch wide Millennium Pipeline, which runs through Port Dick, as well as a loading area for trucks to transport it.

The gas would be pumped and then trucked to Oneonta.

Opponents of the project include the Chenango Valley School District and Port Dickinson Mayor Kevin Burke, who says over 50 trailers would be driving through the village on a daily basis during the summer, and up to 100 trucks during the winter.

In addition, Burke says emissions from the pumps and more trucks traveling through an already busy area will decrease the village's quality of life.

"Just consider the traffic and the gas being released when they bleed these lines off. It's going toward the Port Dickinson School and the Port Dickinson Park. It's not good. When the Broome County Planning Department develops a 31-page negative report, that says something about it," said Burke.

According to NG Advantage's website, it does not deliver gas to homes or small businesses.

Instead, they accommodate larger facilities such as paper mills, asphalt plants and hospitals.

NG Advantage representatives say the facility will add jobs to the area.

They also say the company utilizes electric compressors, which do not make a lot of noise.

The Town of Fenton Zoning Board of Appeals will meet Tuesday evening to vote on moving the project forward.

If it passes, the Town's Planning Board would then vote on its approval at 7 p.m.


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