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Nonprofit: Build one gas compressor

| Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, 12:00 p.m.

A Squirrel Hill-based nonprofit is seeking to stop natural-gas company Chesapeake Energy from building two compressor stations in West Virginia because of air-quality concerns, a lawyer says.

The Group Against Smog and Pollution filed an appeal with West Virginia's Department of Environmental Protection this week -- saying the natural-gas compressors should be considered part of a larger industrial complex, not individual sites.

"This is an interrelated operation," said Joe Osborne, the group's legal director. "Most of the pieces depend on other pieces that are there. Under the requirements of the (federal) Clean Air Act, they should be considered a single source."

The group filed the appeal on behalf of William J. Hughes, a resident of Wetzel County, W.Va.

Officials with Chesapeake and the state agency could not be reached for comment.

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