Comment Now: Permits for Compressor Stations for Proposed MXPipeline

pipeline-siteUpdate: We’ve added the comments we submitted to DEP for your perusal below. Feel free to crib the notes and send in your own comments!

On August 6, The Exponent Telegram reported that Columbia Gas’ proposed Mountaineer XPress pipeline involves “165 miles of various diameter pipeline, three new compressor stations (one in Doddridge County, one in Jackson, and one in Calhoun, close to Wirt and Ritchie counties, too), modifications to three existing compressor stations and one regulating station.” See a map of the proposed pipeline with the location of the three compressor stations here (scroll down to second map).

WVDEP says in its “preliminary evaluation” it has “determined that all State and Federal air quality requirements will be met” by all three proposed compressor stations.

For the permit for the proposed Doddridge compressor station, the agency is asking that written comments or requests for a public hearing be submitted before the 30-day comment period ends at 5 p.m. on August 22; for the proposed compressor station in Jackson County the comment period ends on August 25; and for Calhoun County it is August 29.

According to DEP, asking for public hearings ASAP is better than waiting till the deadline.

Once the comment period expires, if we don’t receive comments, we issue the permit,” DEP’s Jerry Williams told the Exponent Telegram. “A public meeting may be held if the DAQ director determines that significant public interest has been expressed.”

Details about each of the permits are below, as well as some comments we submitted in regards to another proposed compressor station associated with another proposed pipeline (in Fayette County). There’s a lot, so keep on scrolling.

If you care about clean air to breathe, beating back the frack attack and staving off the worst impacts of climate change, please ask for public hearings for these proposed compressor stations, and please submit comments to:

jerry.williams@wv.gov

Jerry Williams, P.E.
WV Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Air Quality
601 57th Street, SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Telephone: 304/926-0499, ext. 1223
FAX: 304/926-0478

Also, see this news story, which aired on WV Public Radio: Pipelines Creating Increasing Safety Concerns in Appalachia


August 22: The public comment period ends for Draft Permit R13-3313 for Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC’s Sherwood Compressor Station to be located in Doddridge County.

News story: The compressor station would be one component of Columbia Gas’ larger Mountaineer XPress project, which involves 165 miles of various diameter pipeline, three new compressor stations (the other two in Calhoun and Jackson counties), modifications to three existing compressor stations and one regulating station, according to Columbia Pipeline Group’s website.

On May 3, 2016, Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC applied to the WV DEP’s, Division of Air Quality (DAQ) for a permit to construct a natural gas compressor facility located on Route 18, Sherwood,
Doddridge County, WV at latitude 39.26937 and longitude -80.73333.

DEP’s preliminary evaluation has determined that all State and Federal air quality requirements will be met by the proposed facility. The DAQ is providing notice to the public of its preliminary determination to issue the permit as R13-3313.

The following potential emissions will be authorized by this permit action: Particulate Matter less than 10 microns, 11.75 tons per year (TPY); Sulfur Dioxide, 1.27 TPY; Oxides of Nitrogen, 101.85 TPY; Carbon Monoxide, 238.38 TPY; Volatile Organic Compounds, 23.26 TPY; Total Hazardous Air Pollutants, 2.30 TPY; Carbon Dioxide Equivalents, 224,497 TPY.

Written comments or requests for a public meeting must be received by the DAQ before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 22, 2016. A public meeting may be held if the Director of the DAQ determines that significant public interest has been expressed, in writing, or when the Director deems it appropriate.

The purpose of the DAQ’s permitting process is to make a preliminary determination if the proposed construction will meet all state and federal air quality requirements. The purpose of the public review process is to accept public comments on air quality issues relevant to this determination. Only written comments received at the address noted below within the specified time frame, or comments presented orally at a scheduled public meeting, will be considered prior to final action on the permit. All such comments will become part of the public record.

jerry.williams@wv.gov

Jerry Williams, P.E.
WV Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Air Quality
601 57th Street, SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Telephone: 304/926-0499, ext. 1223
FAX: 304/926-0478

Additional information, including copies of the draft permit, application and all other supporting materials relevant to the permit decision may be obtained by contacting the engineer listed above. The draft permit and engineering evaluation can be downloaded at: www.dep.wv.gov/daq/Pages/NSRPermitsforReview.aspx


August 25: The public comment period ends for Draft Permit R13-3314 for Columbia Gas
Transmission, LLC’s Mount Olive Compressor Station to be located in Jackson
County.  

News story: The compressor station would be one component of Columbia Gas’ larger Mountaineer XPress project, which involves 165 miles of various diameter pipeline, three new compressor stations (the other two in Calhoun and Jackson counties), modifications to three existing compressor stations and one regulating station, according to Columbia Pipeline Group’s website.

On May 3, 2016, Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC applied to the WV DEP’s, Division of Air Quality (DAQ) for a permit to construct a natural gas compressor facility located on Charleston Road (Route
21), Fairplain, Jackson County, WV at latitude 38.73774 and longitude – 81.67412. A preliminary evaluation has determined that all State and Federal air quality requirements will be met by the proposed facility. The DAQ is providing notice to the public of its preliminary determination to issue the
permit as R13-3314.

The following potential emissions will be authorized by this permit action: Particulate Matter less than 10 microns, 14.04 tons per year (TPY); Sulfur Dioxide, 1.52 TPY; Oxides of Nitrogen, 120.39 TPY; Carbon Monoxide, 242.45 TPY; Volatile Organic Compounds, 24.49 TPY; Total Hazardous Air Pollutants, 2.95 TPY; Carbon Dioxide Equivalents, 263,840 TPY.

Written comments or requests for a public meeting must be received by the DAQ before 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2016. A public meeting may be held if the Director of the DAQ determines that significant public interest has been expressed, in writing, or when the Director deems it appropriate.

The purpose of the DAQ’s permitting process is to make a preliminary determination if the proposed construction will meet all state and federal air quality requirements. The purpose of the public review process is to accept public comments on air quality issues relevant to this determination. Only written comments received at the address noted below within the specified time frame, or comments presented orally at a scheduled public meeting, will be considered prior to final action on the permit. All such comments will become part of the public record.

jerry.williams@wv.gov

Jerry Williams, P.E.
WV Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Air Quality
601 57th Street, SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Telephone: 304/926-0499, ext. 1223
FAX: 304/926-0478

Additional information, including copies of the draft permit, application and all other supporting materials relevant to the permit decision may be obtained by contacting the engineer listed above. The draft permit and engineering evaluation can be downloaded at: www.dep.wv.gov/daq/Pages/NSRPermitsforReview.aspx


August 29: The public comment period ends for Draft Permit R13-3315 for Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC’s White Oak Compressor Station to be located in Calhoun County.

News story: The compressor station would be one component of Columbia Gas’ larger Mountaineer XPress project, which involves 165 miles of various diameter pipeline, three new compressor stations (the other two in Calhoun and Jackson counties), modifications to three existing compressor stations and one regulating station, according to Columbia Pipeline Group’s website.

On May 3, 2016, Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC applied to the WV Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Air Quality (DAQ) for a permit to construct a natural gas compressor facility located on Frederick Ridge Road (Rt. 21/3), Brohard, Calhoun County, WV at latitude 39.04153 and longitude – 81.14218. A preliminary evaluation has determined that all State and Federal air quality requirements will be met by the proposed facility. The DAQ is providing notice to the public of its preliminary determination to issue the permit as R13-3315.

The following potential emissions will be authorized by this permit action: Particulate Matter less than 10 microns, 10.31 tons per year (TPY); Sulfur Dioxide, 1.11 TPY; Oxides of Nitrogen, 89.34 TPY; Carbon Monoxide, 212.27 TPY; Volatile Organic Compounds, 18.00 TPY; Total Hazardous Air Pollutants, 2.21 TPY; Carbon Dioxide Equivalents, 193,194 TPY.

Written comments or requests for a public meeting must be received by the DAQ before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 29, 2016. A public meeting may be held if the Director of the DAQ determines that significant public interest has been expressed, in writing, or when the Director deems it appropriate.

The purpose of the DAQ’s permitting process is to make a preliminary determination if the proposed construction will meet all state and federal air quality requirements. The purpose of the public review process is to accept public comments on air quality issues relevant to this determination. Only written comments received at the address noted below within the specified time frame, or comments presented orally at a scheduled public meeting, will be considered prior to final action on the permit. All such comments will become part of the public record.

jerry.williams@wv.gov

Jerry Williams, P.E.
WV Department of Environmental Protection Division of Air Quality
601 57th Street, SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Telephone: 304/926-0499, ext. 1223
FAX: 304/926-0478

Additional information, including copies of the draft permit, application and all other supporting materials relevant to the permit decision may be obtained by contacting the engineer listed above. The draft permit and engineering evaluation can be downloaded at: http://www.dep.wv.gov/daq/Pages/NSRPermitsforReview.aspx


And here are those comments we submitted to DEP:

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  1. Climate change, clean air, and limiting fracking are all important issues. But don’t the additional stations already meet the high standards of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection? What issues are left to discuss?

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