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Murrysville council pushes compressor station vote to Dec. 20

Patrick Varine
| Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, 11:36 p.m.
The JB Tonkin compressor station, off Mamont Road in Murrysville, on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
The JB Tonkin compressor station, off Mamont Road in Murrysville, on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.

Murrysville council will revisit Dominion Energy's request to expand its JB Tonkin compressor station on Mamont Road on Dec. 20.

Project officials said two weeks will give them enough time to address concerns raised by council members and the public at a Nov. 30 public hearing. Many of those concerns centered on the additional noise that may be generated if Dominion is allowed to proceed with a large-scale expansion of the station, which compresses and transports natural gas.

Council members voted Wednesday to table Dominion's conditional-use and site-plan applications.

Don Houser, a state policy adviser for Dominion Energy, said he was surprised to learn that nearby residents were not notified about scheduled blowdowns, instances in which gas is vented to depressurize equipment.

“It's a quality-of-life issue,” Houser said.

Houser said notifying nearby residents and 911 officials is company policy and that in the future Dominion will supply information about scheduled blowdowns to the municipality, which can send email and text messages to residents through the Nixle alert service.

Dominion wants to add a compressor unit that would be housed in its Murrysville station. The expansion would include offices, an auxiliary building with a backup generator, an air system and hot-water boiler, and a building housing valves and other equipment.

Several residents urged council to require Dominion to perform air monitoring before and after the expansion, to ensure that harmful emissions from the station are not being conveyed to nearby homes, schools and other structures.

Council will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at the municipal building, 4100 Sardis Road.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2862, or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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