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Compressor Station Explodes; Fire Burning, Gas Spewing Now in Susquehanna County

March 29, 2012

A compressor station in Susquehanna County, PA exploded this morning and was still burning, with heavy black and gray smoke, this afternoon. The explosion and fire was reported to DEP at 11:30 AM. A resident said, “I’m still shaking inside” because the explosion was so close to home. Emergency responders have not yet been able to stop the flow of methane (natural gas) or put out the fire. Laura Legere of the Scranton Times-Tribune was on the scene, in Springville Township, and reports in detail here. AP reports here.

A compressor station exploded last November in Bedford County, PA, causing a midnight evacuation of 150 residents. Compressor stations emit toluene, acetone, and a dozen other health-harming chemicals, along with climate-destroying methane, steadily — even on their good days. Compressor stations remain essentially unregulated, since the law treats them “as if” there is no cumulative impact. Thus, neither the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Governor Corbett, the EPA, or Pennsylvania legislators are protecting residents from the acute and cumulative damage caused by compressor stations, dismissing concerns raised repeatedly by residents, scientists, and public health advocates. Fight back! No new permits! Call for an immediate fracking moratorium!


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