Compressor station site causes anxiety

Published 10:35 am Thursday, September 3, 2015

The soon-to-be neighbors of a proposed 41,000-horsepower compressor station that Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) LLC wants to build off of Route 56 between Shelton Store and Union Hill roads in Buckingham are concerned about what’s to come.

“I think it’s about a mile from my house. I’m concerned. I’m devastated by the news,” said retired educator Marie Gillispie, who has lived on Union Hill Road for many years.

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“I’m concerned because it’s an unknown, you know, it’s an unknown. From what we’re reading, it’s scary in terms of am I going to be affected by the noise. The pollution is really what I’m really concerned about, the air and water pollution.”

The gas-fired compressor station would connect the proposed 42-inch ACP to the existing Transco pipeline in an effort to move natural gas through the new pipeline into other parts of the state. Dominion and three other partners are proposing the joint venture and are seeking federal approval.

Gillispie said the station would spoil the beauty of the neighborhood. “Now it’s an industrial park,” she said.

While much of the area surrounding the property consists forests, several homes line the country roads that wind through the vicinity off of Route 56.