Local officials take aim at compressor plan
The Daily Star, Friday, November 28, 2014
By Joe Mahoney Staff Writer
Five Otsego County towns and the village of Sharon Springs in Schoharie County have gone on record against what would be a significant expansion of a natural gas compressor station in the nearby Montgomery County town of Mindon.
Since the town of Otsego passed a resolution in opposing Dominion Transmission’s New Market project in October, four other towns — Middlefield, Springfield, Cherry Valley and Roseboom have followed suit. The concerns of these opponents are potential environmental impacts from greenhouse gases that would be emitted from the plant.
Said Otsego Town Board Member Julie Huntsmann, a veterinarian who has been active in the local anti-drilling movement: “We object to the project because further promotion of fossil fuel extraction, processing and transport, with all the emissions and worst of all the methane leaked — makes climate change worse. So it’s a move in the wrong direction.”
The compressor station in question, is located in the Brookman Corners section of Minden, above five miles north of the Otsego County line.
The New Market project, under review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is aimed at boosting capacity of Dominion’s pipeline by adding more than 11,133 horsepower of new compression at Brookman Corners and building two new stations in Madison and Chemung counties. The total cost of the project has been pegged at $159 million. The company has said it wants to begin construction next September.