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Allegheny County approves air permit for Marcellus shale compressor station

Brian Bowling
| Friday, May 25, 2012, 11:07 a.m.

The Allegheny County Health Department has approved an air permit for Superior Appalachian Pipeline to build a Marcellus shale compressor station in Frazer.This is the first such permit approved in the county, said health department Director Dr. Bruce Dixon.The Kissick Lane facility would compress natural gas recovered from nearby wells, and also be fueled by natural gas. The county considers it to be a minor air pollution source, but has made several changes to the permit in response to public comments, Dixon said.The changes include increasing the frequency of testing and decreasing the limits for formaldehyde and visible emissions. The company plans to finish construction in September and will have to obtain an operating permit after the facility is built.

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