Planned Major Fracked Gas Compressor Station in Marshall County Under Review Until September 20th

by admin on September 11, 2023

Mountaineer XPress natural gas pipeline from Marshall County to Cabell County installed in 2018 & 2019. Tap on image to enlarge.

BLACK BEAR Natural Gas Compressor Station in Marshall County, WV

Information Posted by Oil & Gas Watch, September, 2023

Company: Appalachia Midstream Services LLC, 3609 Big Wheeling Creek, Wheeling, WV 26003

Description ~ The Black Bear Compressor Station is a proposed natural gas compression facility in Marshall County, West Virginia, part of the state’s Northern Panhandle. The facility would receive gas from nearby wells, compress and dehydrate it, and transport it offsite via pipeline.

Latest Updates ~ On Aug. 16, 2023, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) issued a draft permit for the proposed natural gas compression station. The compressor could emit as much as 119,717 tons of greenhouse gases each year, as much as 15,000 homes’ annual energy use. The WVDEP is accepting public comments on the draft permit until Sept. 20; comments should be emailed to

Potential Emissions ~ Projects announced or authorized at Black Bear Compressor Station since 2012 have the potential to emit 119,717 tons of greenhouse gases and 411 tons of criteria air pollutants each year, according to government records.

Potential Greenhouse Gas Emissions (as carbon dioxide equivalents, or CO2e, in tons per year) ~ 119,717

Nitrogen Oxides (NOx, potential tons per year) ~ 126.23

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC, potential tons per year) ~ 165.07

Carbon Monoxide (CO, potential tons per year) ~ 92.58

Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs, potential tons per year) ~ 18.26


SEE ALSO: Mountaineer XPress Project reaches major milestone, MXP crosses the finish line, March 1, 2019

After more than four years of work, the Mountaineer XPress (MXP) project has become the latest of TransCanada’s U.S. natural gas pipeline projects to be placed in-service, with authorization being granted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on March 1, 2019.

Designed to deliver 2.7 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of clean, affordable, domestically-produced natural gas to growing markets, the 170-mile pipeline adds to a series of important infrastructure projects completed across the TransCanada footprint. With approximately 15 million hours tallied and 42 million miles driven in a 55-week timeframe, project team members worked to make MXP a reality through some of the most complex terrain and difficult conditions TransCanada operates within.

Three compressor stations in Calhoun, Doddridge and Jackson counties, each are estimated to cost $100 million. See the map insert above.

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