Active Planning for Natural Gas Compressors & Dehydrators

by Duane Nichols on August 21, 2015

WV-DEP: Notice of Intent to Approve Class II General Permit G35-C for Natural Gas Compressor and/or Dehydration Facilities

WV-DEP,  Proposed Class II General Permit G35-C, August 20, 2015

The WV Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Air  Quality (DAQ), is providing notice to the general public of its intent to issue  a Class II General Permit for the construction, modification, relocation of and to prevent and control air pollution from the operation of natural gas compressor and/or dehydration facilities pursuant to WV Legislative Rule 45CSR13. General Permit G35-C replaces previously noticed General Permit G35-B with the inclusion of language to address potential noise and light issues. This language can be found in Section 3.2.8.

General Permit G35-C is for natural gas compressor and/or dehydration facilities. Currently, General Permits G30-D and G35-A cover natural gas compressor and/or dehydration facilities. These General Permits will continue to exist, however, there will be no future registrations, modifications, or  administrative updates allowed to registrations issued under these permits. If a registrant wishes to modify an existing registration under General Permits G30-D or G35-A, it must be done so under General Permit G35-C.

Provided that the applicant can demonstrate compliance with the requirements, provisions, standards and conditions of this Class II General Permit, the DAQ has determined that all state air quality requirements will be met by any eligible natural gas compressor and/or dehydration facilities. Any natural gas compressor and/or dehydration facility granted Class II General Permit registration by the Director shall not have a potential to emit any criteria pollutant in an amount equal to or greater than 100 tons per year or 10 tons per year of any single hazardous/toxic pollutant or 25 tons per year of any combination of hazardous/toxic pollutants.

The public may provide written comments regarding the DRAFT Class II General Permit G35-C to the Division of Air Quality via mail, fax or email to the address below. A public meeting to provide information on this permitting action will be held on September 1, 2015, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the WV Department of Environmental Protection office in Charleston, WV. All written comments must be received by the DAQ before 5:00 p.m. on September 14, 2015. Prior to taking any final action on this permitting issue, the DAQ will consider only those written comments relevant to air quality issues which this Division has jurisdiction. Such written comments must be received within the specified time frame and at the address below.

This notice provides an opportunity for the public to review the DRAFT Class II General Permit G35-C and Engineering Evaluation. In the event you wish to submit written comments, include your name, a return address, and a daytime telephone number and indicate any organization on behalf of which your comments are submitted. All public comments are a part of the public record and are available for inspection by any interested party.

Copies of this DRAFT Class II General Permit, Engineering Evaluation and this Notice of Intent to Approve are available for public review on the DAQ website at:

and at the following location between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, holidays excluded, unless otherwise noted below:

WV Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Air Quality
601 57th Street, SE, Charleston, WV 25304
Contact: Jerry Williams, P.E., Phone: (304) 926-0499, ext. 1223
Fax: (304) 926-0478, Email:


Pendleton compressor station location fight continues in upstate NY

From an Article by Kaley Lynch, Lockport Union-Sun & Journal, NY,  August 20, 2015

Pendleton, NY – Members of the Pendleton Action Team held an impromptu meeting on a front lawn in the Ridgeview Drive subdivision, to talk to residents about the 22,000-horsepower compressor station that National Fuel plans on building somewhere in the town of Pendleton or Wheatfield.

The neighborhood is adjacent to Killian Road, one of the sites the company is considering for the compressor station. The station is part of the 2016 Northern Access project, which will bring natural gas from Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania to Canada. The meeting was arranged about three hours before about 20 Pendleton residents met on a lawn on Ridgeview Drive South.

Several of the action team members who presented information to the group are residents of the Beach Ridge Road neighborhood, which was originally considered for the compressor station site. “We don’t want this in our neighborhood, and we don’t want it in yours, either,” Kim Lemieux, a Beach Ridge Road resident and Pendleton Action Team member, told the crowd.

National Fuel plans to file an update with FERC on the location for the compressor station by August 30th. The town of Pendleton has filed with FERC to intervene with the proposed project. At the August 10 town board meeting, the board voted to hire environmental lawyer Gary Abraham on behalf of the town.Abraham will likely attend the August 31st town board work session, Lemiuex said.

Also opposed to the project is Starpoint School District Superintendent C. Douglas Whelan, who sent a letter to FERC in May expressing his concern about the proposed project on schools in the district. The proposed site at Beach Ridge is about seven-tenths of a mile away from the Starpoint campus, Whelan said.

“The town of Pendleton is a wonderful community with one of the highest residential growth rates in Western New York,” Whelan wrote. “To place this type of facility in close proximity to the school district and residential housing makes no sense.”

The Pendleton Action Team organized a picket of National Fuel headquarters earlier this month, which attracted about 75 marchers. “I think it went really well last time. We had a great turnout and people reacted well,” Lemiuex said. They plan to organize a similar protest in upcoming weeks. When another picket is organized, information about the time and date will be posted by the Pendleton Action Team.

{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

Carol Woodcock September 16, 2015 at 7:37 am

RE: Lockport Area north of Buffalo, NY

How sick am I going to get from the compressor emissions?

Will I be losing my quality of life because of these emissions?

We just got clean air from all the damage Froniter Chemical did to us and now National Fuel wants to do the same thing again. The trees and animals are now back. How much will National fuel kill?


National Fuel plans for compressor in Pendleton raise residents’ worries

Michael Canfield, NEWS NIAGARA CORRESPONDENT, May 13, 2015

National Fuel Gas wants to put a nearly 22,000 horsepower compressor in the Town of Pendleton, but town residents say the compressor would affect their health, property values and quality of life.

The plan, part of National Fuel’s Northern Access 2016 Project, would allow the gas company to pump natural gas from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania to eastern Canada. The 16-inch pipes that currently run through the area would be replaced with 24-inch pipes, and the plan also calls for a natural gas dehydration facility in the Town of Wheatfield.

The compressor project dominated the Town Board’s regular meeting Monday evening, which ran over two hours long. “I didn’t expect this meeting to be short,” said Supervisor James Riester afterward.

Nearly 50 residents packed the town hall for the meeting. Residents who oppose the project have formed the Pendleton Action Team, and expressed concerns about the noise and vibration from the machinery.

“One of the questions I want to ask the NY-DEC is, ‘how far do these vibrations travel?’” said Paula Morgan, who is involved with the action team and lives near the proposed project. Morgan also expressed concern for animals in the area. “We don’t know what it’s going to do with the wildlife that we have in the area,” she said. “There are horses and there are some people who keep bees.”

The proposed location of the project, in a residentially zoned area off Beach Ridge Road near the intersection of Aiken Road, has upset residents and town officials alike. Councilman David Leible, who lives on Beach Ridge Road, said he had concerns with the project, specifically its placement. The larger gas lines will run close to the capped-off Frontier Chemical Co. Dump, near the Pendleton-Wheatfield border.

“I don’t think anyone on the board supports this project,” he said.

According to Riester, the company’s standing as a utility company allows it to build on land zoned residential without much interference from town government, as long as the company can claim the project is for the “public good.” “There’s no common good to Pendleton or Niagara County,” he said, noting that the town will not reap any benefits from the project.

National Fuel has offered to buy land for the project from Tobias Frommuller, a local farmer. The company has put Frommuller in a tough position, Riester said. If he doesn’t take what is offered for the land, it can make a claim for eminent domain and offer what the land is assessed at, which would likely be a lower amount.
Frommuller could wage a legal battle against the company, but he would have to pay for a lawyer and also lose the higher amount offered, should he lose in court.

The town is also looking at formulating an ordinance to control noise from the compressor, should it be built. There is no noise ordinance on the books, Riester said. “We don’t feel we have a choice,” he said. “If they come in at 60 or 70 decibels, we don’t have anything that says no.”

During the meeting, Riester worked on a plan with residents for an upcoming meeting with representatives from National Fuel and the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. May 20 in the Wendelville Fire Hall, 7340 Campbell Blvd., North Tonawanda. “Facts, facts, facts,” he said. “That’s what helps us the most. The more facts we have, the better off we are!

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