August 03, 2015

Empire Pipline at Pendleton NY

The Pendleton Action Team  is working to stop the proposal of National Fuel's Northern Access Pipeline and Compressor project in Niagara County of western NY.  The project directly affects the town of Pendleton:  Map Overview
We are a mix of residential and farming community on the Erie Canal with a recreational focus.  This compressor station belongs in an industrial area not in an area that is zoned Residential.  There are many farm animals surrounding the proposed area.  We have a pair of Bald Eagles nesting in our town, along with many other wild animals.
From the National Fuel Gas Corporation Application to FERC
National Fuel is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with its principal place of business located in Williamsville, New York. It is a natural gas company whose jurisdictional activities are subject to regulation by this Commission under the NGA. National Fuel is engaged in the business of transporting and storing natural gas by means of facilities located in the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Northern Access Project 2016 has proposed to expand the existing pipeline from 16" to a 24" high-pressured pipeline for 4 miles.  The tie-in will be just 4,500 feet from the central school campus.  

The pipeline will run parallel to the Frontier Chemical Hazardous Superfund site. The cap was installed in 1996 and is well underway to being settled.  If it is disturbed during the construction, the town of Pendleton could be the next Love Canal. 

Along the new expanded pipeline will be a 22,214 horsepower natural gas compressor station.  The station is much larger than other towns have approved.  The compressor station will be located directly in a residential neighborhood with homes less than 850 feet away from the proposed location.  The compressor station will not be staffed, it will be controlled by sensors and a computer. The chimney stacks are 50' tall and will be visible from the road. 

To support the citizens of the Pendleton township, visit their website for more resources and action links.  

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