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Pendleton planners cancel hearing on National Fuel project

PENDLETON – The Pendleton Planning Board canceled a scheduled Tuesday night public hearing on the National Fuel compressor project, announcing on the town website that the company’s application was considered incomplete and a hearing would be “premature.”

The hearing was to have been held on the company’s request to subdivide the property of the Tonawanda Sportsmen’s Club on Killian Road. The club has agreed to a purchase option for National Fuel on 20 acres of open land. The company needs a place to construct two giant compressors, totaling 22,000 horsepower, to push natural gas along inside an enlarged pipeline it wants to use to export fracked gas from Pennsylvania to Canada.

National Fuel spokeswoman Karen L. Merkel said the company considers its application complete, but the Planning Board sought another step. Town Attorney Claude A. Joerg said the board wants the company to reach an arrangement on wetlands with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding wetlands on the Sportsmen’s Club property. No new hearing date has been scheduled.