Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Compressor Station?
A gas compressor station is used to raise the pressure of the natural gas in the transmission pipeline so that the gas will move through the pipeline system to its ultimate destination. Compressor stations have either electric-motor driven turbine stages or engines that take some of the pipeline gas to operate the compressor turbine stages. These are large -- on the order of 30,500 HP (horsepower), noisy, and run 24/7.
What is a "blow-down"?
A "Blow-down" is a deliberate venting of natural gas for maintenance, to relieve gas pressure, or in the case of an emergency. During a blowdown, untreated Natural Gas will be blown into the air and into our communities with unknown health impacts.
“Blow-downs” can last for two hours. The noise is comparable to a commercial jet taking off. They often occur in the middle of the night.
There are always leaks of methane in these facilities, and while small ones dissipate to the atmosphere and get diluted to very low concentrations, large leaks can and do occur which create the potential for explosive events. The location of this particular compressor station, if built, would be at the center of a 1-mile radius in which schools, places of worship and residential neighborhoods, as well as heavily-travelled Route-27 road are located.