HEGINS TWP., Pa. - An energy company wants to build a natural gas compressor station in one small Schuylkill County community. The company says it could make millions.
Hegins Township is rich in rolling hills and crop land. Residents would like it to stay that way. They fear a proposed natural gas compressor station threatens that.
The Williams Company wants to put in a station that would sit on about 23 acres of land. The company has installed roughly 50 similar stations and says it follows strict regulations.
"These are safe facilities, and as part of the FERC regulatory environmental evaluation, we have to comply with very rigorous standards, safety and environmental standards," said Chris Stockton, senior communications specialist with The Williams Company.
The company also points to benefits, particularly economic activity.
It projects about $100 million in business in Pennsylvania, producing about $1.3 million in state tax revenue.
If all goes smoothly, the project would be operational by the 2020-2021 heating season.
Not if residents have anything to do about it: They're working to rally the support to work against Williams.
They plan on meeting with supervisors at a township meeting Wednesday night.
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