Talking Points for Letters: Issues with Compressor Stations

  1. Compressor stations will be required to maintain the pressure in the pipeline.
  2. Compressor stations will be need at a minimum every 40-100 miles, but since a pipeline of this size in mountainous terrain has not be attempted, some estimate the distance between compressor stations in the NRV could be as close as every 10 miles.
  3. Compressor stations generally begin with two 1,340 HP natural gas burning compressors. That number generally grows to five 1,340 HP compressors when the pipeline reaches full capacity.
  4. Compressor stations will require approximately 10-20 acres of land which will be “purchased” from landowners or county governments, possibly under eminent domain.
  5. The compressors will burn natural gas producing both toxic and global warming fumes and a lot of noise.
  6. The average will be 55 decimals (dBs) which is about the sound of a conversation – and that will occur 24/7. But that is on average with some estimates ranging from 40 – 90 dBs.
  7. Compressor stations will diminish the vistas which attract so many tourist to our area.
  8. To enter a compressor facility requires Personal Protection Equipment including hearing protection, eye protection, head protection, foot protection, and fire retardant clothing. So, how safe could they be?
  9. Compressor stations have exploded.
  10. In 2013 an interdisciplinary group of Texas researchers found toxic chemicals were “strongly associated” with air testing surrounding compressor stations.