A few days ago, Lynn Collins wrote a Letter to the Editor asking if there is any reason we should believe that, if constructed on a 52-acre lot, Williams-Transco would not later decide to expand this proposed 32,000 gas-fired Compressor Station 206 in Franklin Township.  She included some examples of expansions at other compressor stations, and there are certainly more by this company and others. 

The answer to her question seems to be “no”.

Here’s the latest example for Compressor Station 303 in Roseland, NJ:

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Nov. 15, 2017

Williams-Transco just filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to expand their Compressor Station 303 in Roseland, NJ from 27,500 horsepower to 55,000 horsepower. 

In this application for the Gateway Expansion Project, they wrote:  “Transco currently has no plans for future expansion or abandonment of the Project facilities described in this application.”  Of note, this statement is usually in all of their applications.

Oct. 9, 2017

Horsepower increase, from 25,000 to 27,500, at Compressor Station 303 was placed in service. 

(Application for the NY Bay Expansion Project was submitted to FERC on 7/8/15.)

Nov. 1, 2013

Compressor Station 303 was operational with a 25,000 horsepower electric unit.

(Application for the Northeast Supply Link Project was submitted to FERC on 12/14/11.)

The use of “currently” to reveal plans for future expansions seems to be a safe term, but the safety of compressor stations in a community is not real. 

The toxic emissions that could harm the health of people and wildlife, as well as the potential for explosions or fires, are real concerns to residents about the proposed Compressor Station 206. 

Of note, Compressor Station 206 is planned to be placed between Trap Rock Quarry (which will be operational until the 2040’s), the Higgins Farm Superfund Site (where contaminated groundwater has not yet been eliminated), and the Buddhist Vihara and Meditation Site with the largest outdoor Samadhi (sitting meditation) statue in the Western Hemisphere (where the expanded meditation trails would be extremely close to the compressor station’s noise and emissions).

To become engaged in the opposition to the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project that includes Compressor Station 206, please contact the Franklin Township Task Force at stopFTcompressor@yahoo.com