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More time sought for comment on gas transmission line

Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gilligrand, D-NY, are asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to give Pendleton residents another 30 days to express their concerns about a National Fuel Gas plan to install a 22,000 horsepower compression station in their neighborhood.

In a letter Wednesday to FERC Chairman Norman C. Bay, Schumer and Gillibrand noted that many residents had not been notified of the project until they attended a FERC public scoping meeting May 20. More than 300 attended the session in Wendelville Fire Hall.

The senators said that the comment period, due to expire Friday, has not allowed residents enough time to register their concerns with FERC about noise, vibration and emissions from the compressor, which would be built on residentially-zoned land between Aiken and Beach Ridge roads.

The compressor is part of a pipeline expansion project to bring Marcellus Shale gas from McKean County, Pa., to the northeastern states and Canada. The project also will replace four miles of 16-inch diameter pipe in Pendleton and Wheatfield with 24-inch pipe. National Fuel Gas plans to start construction next winter.