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Petition calls for new station location

Neighbors of the proposed National Fuel Gas Supply Corp. fuel compressor station on Reiter Road presented a 400-signature petition Tuesday to the Wales Town Board calling for a different location.

The residents, organized as the Concerned Neighbors Network, said other concerns include emissions controls and the need for a public hearing.

The petition was gathered and presented by John M. Carlone, a Hunters Creek Road resident. Another resident, Susan Everett, said the proposed station should be located in an industrial area.

Supervisor Rickey Venditti said National Fuel has requested a special-use permit from the town to upgrade its current facility at 5241 Reiter Road into a compressor station. Currently, the board is reviewing the application for the project and its impact on residents. Venditti also noted that after the application process is completed, a public hearing will be conducted.

Town officials recently discussed the proposal to upgrade its current transfer station into a 4,470-horsepower compressor station capable of moving natural gas mined from the Marcellus Shale into Canada and New England. The station is part of the utility's $62 million Northern Access Project, involving infrastructure upgrades in New York and Pennsylvania.

On other issues:

*Russ Scherrer of Auction International Inc. has submitted an application for a special-use permit for 11167 Big Tree Road to operate a flea market and conduct other sales. Scherrer will be present at a public hearing at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 in Town Hall.

*The board OK'd a request from Cheap Enclosed Trailers to rescind the business' application for a special-use permit to operate at 11184 Big Tree Road. Owners Dana and Susan Donley won Town Board approval for the permit Nov. 18, 2010.

*At 6 p.m. Sept. 11, the town will hold a ceremony at the nearby veterans park. The South Wales Fire Department also will conduct a chicken barbecue.

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