Title V Hearing Set 4/26 on Compressor Station at Accident, MD

by Duane Nichols on April 24, 2017

Natural Gas Compressor Station, Accident, MD

Accident Compressor Station Title V permit hearing set for April 26, 2017 at 6 PM

From an Announcement by Engage Mountain MarylandThe Garrett County Republican, April 19, 2017

The air quality permit to operate the Texas Eastern Transmission facilities at Accident will be the subject of a public hearing on Wednesday, April 26, 6:00 PM at the Garrett College Career Technology Training Center, 116 Industrial Park Drive in Accident.

Every five years the facility’s air quality permit goes through the renewal process, and the public may make comments related to air quality concerns. The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) will accept oral or written comments at the hearing, or within five days after the hearing, until May 1, 2017.

The Accident facilities were the focus of two community meetings held in Fall 2015, sponsored by Engage Mountain Maryland. At the first meeting, citizens were given the opportunity to ask questions about operations at the facility, including air quality monitoring, and to hear about MDE and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulations pertaining to the “Accident Dome.” The next meeting featured public health presentations about compressor stations, air emissions and noise.

Based on uncertainty about the duration and extent of emissions at the facility, Citizen Shale submitted an application to the national non-profit organization, Earthworks, for GasFinder FLIR (Forward Looking InfraRed) imagery of gas emissions from the Texas Eastern Transmission facilities at Accident.

FLIR images documented that air emissions of concern were observed when the compressors were operating.  These results were shared with the Garrett County Commissioners, acting in their capacity as the Board of Health, October 2016.

Additionally, the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration will provide an overview of federal safety regulations of transmission pipelines as well as an update of investigations of the Aliso Canyon, California underground gas storage facility leak and the Delmont, PA pipeline explosion.  The Delmont pipeline has the same operator as the Texas Eastern transmission pipeline at Accident — formerly, Spectra Energy. In February of this year, Canada’s Enbridge purchased Houston-based Spectra Energy.

MDE’s public hearing is not an informational meeting. Questions raised as part of formal testimony will be addressed in a written Response to Comments document after the close of the comment period, according to MDE’s notice.

See also:  Health Risks from Compressor Stations

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Dick Bolt April 26, 2017 at 9:05 am

Three part safety requirements (minimum) :
* Needs actual data on leaks (loss of gas) from each component in the system, not just estimates from Mfg Co. Start with data of system leaks based on both true losses & addition of component losses!
* How will changes in losses (component losses from use & weather) be monitored & repaired?
* What procedure does the facility have to discover quickly , notify the local community of leaks & repair work that might cause a leak? Notify public after facility recovery team is working issue is quick enough!
# Based on my visit & short discussion abt 3 yrs ago, the only way a Emergency crew arrival would know the wind direction ( gas leak flow to community direction) was to view the flag direction! I am not even sure the flag is up 24/7? The office that dispatches workers should have a read out on in their office!


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