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Fitzpatrick and Staats Seek New Location for Quakertown Compressor Station

Dec 17, 2018
Press Release

Quakertown, PA—Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick and Pennsylvania State Representative Craig Staats urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to find an alternative location for the “Quakertown Compressor Station.”

“The location of the Quakertown Compressor Station is unacceptable because of its proximity to a residential area. This station will negatively impact our constituents’ property values, as well as their quality of life,” wrote Fitzpatrick and Staats. “It is our hope that FERC and Adelphia Gateway will find a new, appropriate, and safe location for the Quakertown Compressor Station.”

The Adelphia Gateway Pipeline project is currently converting an oil pipeline to a pipeline carrying domestically extracted natural gas. As the pipeline is retrofitted to safely carry natural gas, compressor stations are being built at points along the existing line. Generally, these stations have been built on large parcels of land to ensure they do not impact surrounding residents. However, one proposed station, known as the “Quakertown Compressor Station,” has raised concerns due to its close proximity to a residential neighborhood.

Fitzpatrick and Staats share their constituents concerns regarding the impacts of the proposed station on the surrounding area. Compressor stations are known to emit constant low hum that travels over long distance. Additionally, they have expressed their concerns regarding potentially health and safety risks resulting from the stations close proximity to residential homes.

Read the full letter to FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee HERE.

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Rep. Craig Staats represents the 145th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives covering East Rockhill, Milford, Richland, Springfield and West Rockhill, Perkasie, Quakertown, Richlandtown, Sellersville and Trumbauersville.