Impact On Communities Near The Proposed Site
The proposed Williams Gas Compression Station in Somerset County is to be built in the middle of a residential area. The area is surrounded by schools, places of worship and 800+ residential houses. The closest community (Princeton Walk) is just 400 feet from the proposed site.
The plan will affect surrounding towns of South Brunswick, Franklin Park, Monmouth Junction, Kingston, Kendall Park and Princeton.
Compressor stations release huge amounts of toxins. These toxins include benzene, toluene, sulfuric oxide, and formaldehyde. Citizens within 1500 feet of compressor stations in PA, TX, LA and other states have suffered from nose bleeds, rashes, headaches, sore throats, dizziness and nausea.
The sound of regular compressor station operation has been compared to four diesel locomotive engines running 24/7. Residents as far as a mile away can hear the racket. This humming can cause hearing impairment, learning disabilities and cardiovascular problems.
Williams Co claims that the Compressor Stations are very safe and built as per Federal Regulatory Standards and leaks or accidents are very rare. But there is a proven record of fire and explosions at across the country. If a similar incident happened at the proposed location, it would have enormous impacts on the surrounding community.
Potential Property Devaluation
There are 800+ property owners within 1/2 mile of the site. But the impacts would be felt much further than that. The Compressor will also decrease property values and erode our tax base, while significantly burdening our public services– and with little-to-no benefit for local residents. Towns will see a decreased tax base, which means lower budgets for municipal services.