Madison County Health Department news
(Georgetown, NY – July 2014) In June, a workgroup was established to identify residents’ health concerns if a proposed gas compressor station is built in Sheds in the towns of Georgetown and DeRuyter. The proposed gas compressor station would be added along an already existing gas pipeline. A compressor station would help transport natural gas from one location to another by compressing the gas, thereby increasing its pressure and providing the energy to move the gas through the pipeline.
The workgroup was started by a concerned group of community members and elected officials from the towns of Georgetown and DeRuyter, and also includes representation from the Madison County Health Department. The workgroup seeks to collect information and feedback from the community to ensure that any local concerns are considered during the evaluation of the proposed project by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Madison County Health Department has hired a consultant to ensure community feedback, comments and health concerns are formally presented to FERC during their evaluation process of the proposed compressor station project. The FERC review process is expected to take several months to complete, with a response expected by the spring of 2015.
The consultant will also design a baseline health study that may be implemented should the proposed project be approved.
Residents from the towns of Georgetown and DeRuyter are encouraged to provide their health concerns and feedback to the workgroup. Comments may be submitted in writing to 995 State Route 26, P.O. Box 103, Georgetown, N.Y., 13072; by email to Georgetowncompressorproject@gmail.com or by phone at 315.837.4299.
Please submit comments by Aug. 15.