March 6, 2012 —
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has concluded that a natural gas compressor station proposed by the Millenium Pipeline Co. for Minisink would “not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment,” according to a 78-page environmental assessment report just released by the agency.
The station would include two compressors and a pair of 52-foot-high exhaust stacks, and has given rise to widespread public opposition, including hundreds of comments submitted to FERC for its environmental assessment.
According to a company spokesman, the Millenium Pipeline Co. is not required to get approval from the Minisink planning board for the project, but would like to work with the town, as encouraged by the FERC environmental assessment.
The Stop the Minisink Compressor Station group intends to request a full environmental impact statement, according to member Pramilla Malick, and may consider court action.
Comments on the project will be accepted until April 2. Visit www.ferc.gov/industries/gas/enviro/eis/2012/03-02-12-ea.asp  and click on the “efile” button on the righthand side.