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Unconstitutional Compressor Stations: Take Action by Monday Aug 13th 5 pm

August 12, 2012

“We can’t afford to continue rapidly developing infrastructure for an unsustainable future,” says Matt Walker of the Clean Air Council. He’s right on track, but Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is way off track. They’re set  to permit three more compressor stations, which are toxic for air. Please comment by Monday, August 13th at 5 pm.

Each compressor station must be commented on separately, so all three links are below. Commenting only takes a minute, and it does have an impact: trust me, most people are not taking the time to protect the Pennsylvania Constitution — which guarantees the right to clean air and water — the way you are!

1.      CLICK HERE TO SEND A COMMENT ON COLUMBIA COUNTY STATION

(or paste into your browser):

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1152/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=11374

2.      CLICK HERE TO SEND A COMMENT ON TIOGA COUNTY STATION

(or paste into your browser):

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1152/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=11377

3.      CLICK HERE TO SEND A COMMENT ON CLINTON COUNTY STATION

(or paste into your browser):

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1152/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=11376

Background

Compressor stations, an essential component of the infrastructure for full-fledged shale gas fracking, processing and distribution, are extraordinarily toxic for air quality. They emit HAPS (hazardous air particles), create smog, make people and animals living nearby sick, and speed up climate change. Yet they are essentially un-regulated in Pennsylvania, making PA a laughingstock in the oil and gas industry because emissions are measured “as if” each station is a single source, rather than part of an industry which has many sources. That’s like treating a roomful of smokers as if there’s only one smoker at a time, rather than acknowledging that the whole room is full of smoke!

We don’t want to give you the illusion that writing comments to PA DEP is “enough,” at a time when the PA DEP Secretary himself says not, “at the end of the day, my job is to protect your constitutional right to clean air, water, and health” but “at the end of the day, my job is to do gas.” Obviously the voting public must usher in a new crop of lawmakers who are willing to stand up to this bullying industry.

But we nonetheless urge you to consider this Monday deadline to be an emergency, because the people who live near those compressor stations — and our whole state, and neighboring states, and all who are impacted by climate change — will absolutely be harmed if they are permitted at all, and will be even more harmed if this loophole allowing single-source regulation rather than aggregate regulation is not closed. Please comment!

Here’s the complete text of the alert from Matt Walker:

TAKE ACTION NOW ON THREE PA COMPRESSOR STATIONS
PA DEP recently announced their intent to issue air quality permits for 3 more compressor stations, one each in Columbia County, Tioga County and Clinton County. The air pollution from these stations are large enough on their own, but when there are a number of compressor stations or other equipment in the same area, their impact adds up really fast and threatens public health while speeding up climate change.

Comments for all 3 stations are due on Monday by 5PM. Take a few seconds out of your day and tell PA DEP what you think about their decision to permit this compressor station. Pennsylvanians must unite to tackle the natural gas industry, so it doesn’t matter what part of the state you live in. Everyone can comment. If you have an extra minute, please alter or change the comment to reflect your own views and voice. These make the comments much more powerful. Thanks!

1.      CLICK HERE TO SEND A COMMENT ON COLUMBIA COUNTY STATION

(or paste into your browser):

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1152/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=11374

2.      CLICK HERE TO SEND A COMMENT ON TIOGA COUNTY STATION

(or paste into your browser):

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1152/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=11377

3.      CLICK HERE TO SEND A COMMENT ON CLINTON COUNTY STATION

(or paste into your browser):

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1152/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=11376

Matt Walker, Clean Air Council

Community Outreach Coordinator, Marcellus Shale Program

215-567-4004 ext. 121

mwalker@cleanair.org

Website: www.cleanair.org
Facebook: Clean Air Council
Twitter: @cleanaircouncil

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