Zoning board rejects compressor station in West Wyoming

Zoning board rejects compressor station in West Wyoming by Citizens Voice, September 4, 2012
The Luzerne County Zoning Hearing Board unanimously shot down a proposed natural gas compressor station in West Wyoming tonight. Cheers and clapping filled the county council meeting room on the first floor of the courthouse after the three members of the board, Chairman Larry Newman, Anthony Palischak and William Harris, declined to approve UGI Energy Services Inc.’s application for a special exception to construct a utility building and yard. Solicitor Stephen Menn said the board members could not comment on the reason for the denial because UGI may appeal the decision. UGI now has 30 days to appeal to county court. … UGI representatives said the compressor station would comply with or exceed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards for emissions. UGI said the project would bring lower-cost natural gas from within the state to local customers. But opponents said any emissions are too many. At a county zoning board public hearing Aug. 8, opponents voiced concerns including health effects, quality-of-life issues like traffic and dust, and the potential to affect property values.

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