South Beaver Township Board of Supervisors
United States of America

Notice was given by letter on December 23rd to some of the residents on Lime Kiln Rd about Beaver Gas Gathering LLC requesting a "conditional Use to install a compressor with "associated housing" at the existing natural gas facility.
Compressor Stations (CS) in the gas industry are sources of serious air pollutants known to harm humans and the environment. CS are permanent facilities required to transport gases from wells to major pipelines and along pipelines. Additional operations and equipment located at CS also emit toxins.
In Pennsylvania, state regulations allow CS to be as close as 750 feet from homes, schools, and businesses. Emission monitoring relevant to public health exposure is limited or absent.

Current Pennsylvania policies allow rapid CS expansion. Also, regulations do not address public health risks due to several major flaws. First, permits allow annual totals of emitted toxins using models that assume constant releases, but substantial emissions from CS occur in peaks that expose citizens to concentrations may impair health, ranging from asthma to cancer. Second, permits do not address the fact that CS simultaneously release many serious air toxins including benzene and formaldehyde, and particulates that carry toxins into lungs.

This allowance of multiple toxin release does not reflect the well-established science that public health risks multiply when people are exposed to several toxins at once. Third, permit reviews rarely consider nearby known air pollution sources contributing to aggregate air toxin exposures that occur in bursts and continually. Fourth, permits do not require operators to provide public access to real-time reports of air pollutants released by CS and ambient air quality near CS.

Poor air quality causes harm directly, e.g. respiratory distress, and indirectly, e.g., through increased vulnerability to respiratory viruses. (Covid).

CS also create noise pollution as they run which would disturb the peace and quiet of the countryside.

We the undersigned, call on the Board of Supervisors of South Beaver Twp. to reject the request from Beaver Gas Gathering LLC to install a compressor with associated housing to the existing natural gas facility.

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The Oppose compressor on Lime Kiln Rd South Beaver twp. Pa petition to South Beaver Township Board of Supervisors was written by Naomi Shepler and is in the category Health at GoPetition.