Proposed for Buckingham County
Compressor stations house natural gas fired engines, turbines or electric motors that drive compressors to compress, or pump, natural gas to move it through the system. They are located along a pipeline route usually placed at a distance of 40 to 100 mile intervals along the pipeline. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would have only 3 compressor stations. One at the beginning, one in Buckingham, and one at the end… The natural gas enters the compressor station, where it is compressed by a turbine, motor, or engine. (Electric-motor driven compressors are considered cleaner burning and emit no particulate matter. Natural gas-fired turbines burn a portion of the natural gas in the pipeline and would emit pollutants. www.FERC.GOV/INDUSTRIES/GAS.ASP ) Dominion’s engineers have reported during their informational meetings that the compressor station they have proposed for Buckingham is intended to be gas fired.
This compression for the 42” pipeline is approximately 1400psi, that’s about 40 times the pressure in an automobile tire. To achieve this—four giant turbines run 24/7 to produce horsepower equivalent to two hundred NASCAR race cars.
Imagine 291-2,005 (depending on the toxin measured) diesel school buses running 24/7. That’s the toxic result of this incessant, industrial activity.
In addition to the pipeline, Buckingham would see a 54,000+ horse-power [upddated July 2017**] gas-fired compressor station to be constructed near the intersection of the proposed pipeline and the existing Transcontinental pipeline, which lies just north of Route 56, northwest of Union Hill Road, southeast of Shelton Store Road, and southwest of Ripley Creek.
Read the article in the Farmville Herald
**The original plans were increased 30% from 31,515 to 40,645hp. The current proposal is: PLANS FOR FUTURE EXPANSION OR ABANDONMENT: Expansion are unknown and cannot be determined unless and until one or more of the eligible participants exercise that right. ACP Foundation Shippers also have a stated right to request a Second Expansion.
Compressor stations regularly release toxic emissions such as methane, nitrous oxides, particulate matter and other volatile organic compounds into the air with “blow-down events”, or “venting” which causes elevated contamination of the air. This greatly increases the risks to health for residents who live near a compressor station. Depending on topography and wind flow direction the area exposed can be up to 15 miles. Dominion has not released the exact location of the compressor station in Buckingham, but has indicated in press releases the general preferred location. Many in this neighborhood are elderly with already existing health conditions. This type of exposure to toxic emissions on a 24/7 basis could greatly increase their vulnerability. Those with chronic respiratory illnesses are particularly affected.
Noise is a major complaint of people who live close to compressor stations.
The blow down events can last for hours, waking people in the middle of the night, and producing sound as loud as a jet plane flying by constantly.
A report released in February, 2013, by the RAND Corp. estimated the cost to health and the environment from shale gas development emissions in Pennsylvania at $7.2 million to $32 million in 2011, with up to 75 percent of it related to compressor stations.”
There have been numerous explosions and leaks at compressor stations in recent years and since the beginning of in-ground transportation of gases. Is this a risk we want to take with our bodies, our families and our property?
This information was compiled by Friends of Buckingham, an organization founded in 2014 by Buckingham County citizens who are committed to promoting healthy, sustainable growth in our county. To this end, and in solidarity with numerous Virginia citizen groups, we oppose the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and hope you will join us in our efforts.
Compressor Station News
Thanks to Irene Leech for these thoughts about the proposed Buckingham ACP compressor station communications tower. Also, please click here for a brief look at the shocking unequal protections/standards meted out by the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety...read more
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An environmental organization is challenging in court the Buckingham County Board of Supervisors' January decision to grant a special-use permit for a compressor station for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, based in North...read more
The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), its Concern for the New Generation chapter (CNG) and several Buckingham County residents have filed a civil lawsuit against county officials “seeking judicial review of the decision and action by the” board of...read more
Mayor Robert Hedlund is forming a 10-member citizen committee to monitor air quality hearings held by the state Depar tment of Environmental Protection when it reviews Spectra Energy's plan to construct a compressor station near the Fore River. Town Solicitor Joe...read more
More than 50 people attended a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and Landowner’s Informational Meeting held at Buckingham County Middle School on Sunday. The event — which included speakers from numerous groups in opposition to the proposed Atlantic Coast...read more
A farmer who says he’ll be negatively impacted by the proposed 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) project has filed a civil suit against ACP LLC and the Buckingham County Board of Supervisors. The 27-page document, filed in Buckingham Circuit Court in early...read more
On February 2, 2017, Appalachian Mountain Advocates filed on behalf of Carlos B. Arostegui a complaint for declaratory relief against the Buckingham Board of Supervisors and ACP asking that the special use permit for the compressor station be voided. One of the...read more
The project is part of a 600-mile long pipeline that will reach from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. Buckingham County Board of Supervisor Danny Allen (fore), at a meeting Thursday. Allen, who works for Dominion, recused himself from the vote on a compressor. CREDIT:...read more
FH Guest column: The Buckingham Board of Supervisors’ approval of a special use permit for the proposed compressor station will not provide what Dominion has promised in economic security or jobs, nor does it protect the people of this county from woeful health and...read more