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Franklin Township: Forum on How Gas Compressor Stations and Pipelines Impact Community Health

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Dr. Curtis Nordgaard will give a presentation on the potential health conditions associated with compressor station emissions during a forum on the impact of gas compressor stations on community health at Sampson G. Smith Intermediate School on March 18.

Nordgaard is a pediatrician and co-founder of Massachusetts Health Care Providers against Fracked Gas. 

The forum is sponsored by ReThink Energy NJ, NJ League of Conservation Voters, Food & Water Watch and Franklin Township Task Force about Compressor Station 206 & NESE.

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Norgaard's presentation will discuss the following topics:

What health conditions may be associated with compressor station emissions?

  • Particulate Matter:  asthma, heart attacks, diabetes
  • Benzene:  leukemia, bone marrow suppression
  • Formaldehyde:  asthma, several types of cancer
  • Nitrogen Oxide:  produces hazardous ground level ozone, an asthma trigger associated with respiratory tract infection and irritation

Do compressor stations emit dangerous levels of these pollutants?

  • Benzene levels have been measured near compressor stations that far exceed cancer-causing thresholds.
  • Formaldehyde levels can exceed cancer-causing thresholds at least a half-mile away from compressor stations.

Do residents living near compressor stations notice compressor emissions?

  • Residents living near compressor stations report severe headaches, sinus problems and throat irritations more often than residents living farther away

For more information, email:  stopftcompressor@yahoo.com

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