Proposed Gas Pipeline Compression Station Spurring Opposition


Map of the two proposed sites for a natural gas compressor station, sent to affected residents by the Williams Companies.

A proposal to build a 32,000 horsepower gas pipeline compressor station in the township – part of a larger pipeline project planned by the Williams Companies – is the topic of two public information sessions set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. June 28 at the Hotel Somerset-Bridgewater on Davidson Avenue.

The so-called Northeast Supply Enhancement Project would “add natural gas pipeline infrastructure in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York — providing increased access to natural gas supply critical to help the region meet its clean air goals,” according to the company’s web site.

Williams is proposing building the Greenfield Compressor Station 206 on one of two potential sites off Route 27; one option is near Promenade Boulevard, while the second is a little further north, near Carter’s Brook, according to a letter Williams sent to affected residents. Compressor stations raise the gas pressure in pipelines so the gas can make it to its final destination.

The station would consist of “two natural gas compressor units and associated facilities,” according to the letter.

The station is one component of the overall project, which is designed to add about 35 miles of pipeline – 3.5 miles of which would be located in Middlesex County, with the remainder in New York and Pennsylvania – to the existing Transco pipeline.

The company expects to have the new pipeline in service by the 2019/2020 winter heating season, according to the web site.

The project is currently in the pre-filing stage with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. A formal application is expected to be filed in the spring of 2017, with expected construction to begin in the summer of 2018.

Some area residents have formed an opposition group, South Brunswick Residents Against Gas Compressor, and have established a web site.

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