Compressor Station Info Session: Updates & Health Risks

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 28TH  at the  AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION BUILDING                    (702 Sawmill Rd. Bloomsburg 17815)

Q & A. Light refreshments provided.


On Sunday, August 28th, at 2:00 PM, Columbia County against the Pipeline (CCAP) will present a Compressor Station Health Information Session with Deirdre Lally and Dr. Pouné Saberi. The presentation will be in the large meeting room of the Conservation District building, 702 Sawmill Road, Bloomsburg.

Deirdre Lally, a community organizer with the Clean Air Council, will explain compressor stations and provide an update on the timeline for the one proposed for Orange Township. Dr. Saberi is section chief for Occupational and Environmental Medicine at The Philadelphia VA Medical Center and clinical faculty member of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Her presentation will focus on the health-related issues of natural gas extraction, especially those related to compressor stations. Dr. Saberi serves on the national and Philadelphia boards of Physicians for Social Responsibility aand is currently working on two projects related to health and natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale Region, funded by the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Area residents are invited to become informed about the health issues related to compressor stations by attending this free presentation. They can ask questions of the presenters and CCAP members and enjoy light refreshments. The Williams Company is planning to build a compressor station in Orange Township as part of its proposed Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project. A decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on whether to approve that project is expected by early 2017.


Source of Hazardous Air Pollutants:

  • Volatile Organic Compounds, Formaldehyde, Methane, Carbon Monoxide, Sulfur Oxides, Nitrogen Oxides

Health Impacts of Pollutants:

  • Respiratory, Digestive, Immune, Reproductive, Cardiovascular, and Nervous systems are affected
  • Respiratory impacts include throat and nasal irritation, sinus problems, breathing difficulties, and worsening allergies
  • Head and muscle aches, joint swelling & pain, weakness, sleep disturbances, and vision impairment

Impact to the Landscape:

  • This land is zoned agricultural, but Williams will be requesting to change it to industrial. This will open up potential future industrialization to the area.
  • Will require the construction of 69 kilovolt electric transmission lines to power, source to-be-determined.
  • Will use up to 1,300 gallons of water per minute