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2017-07-14 / Energy Updates

Natural gas distributor under fire for noncompliance

(AP ) A natural gas delivery company is taking heat for a compressor station in Susquehanna County, one it built without a required state permit and allegedly stalled reporting noise rules violations to the county.

Xpress Natural Gas LLC, or XNG, of Boston, built a compressor station in Forest Lake Twp. with financial help from the state Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Community and Economic Development.

But in May, the DEP issued a violation notice to XNG for building and operating without air quality plan approval.

In addition, county Commissioner Alan Hall said that the company completed a noise test in February, but sat on the results that show the plant exceeded the county’s noise rules until May. XNG also violated the county land development ordinance because it didn’t have all required state permits before beginning operations.

County officials are reviewing legal options and could potentially shut down the plant until it complies with standards.

The project received a $200,000 Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant through the DEP. The state Department of Community and Economic Development awarded it $176,000 in job creation tax credits and an $11,050 grant for employee training.

Five months after it began operating, XNG’s plant continues to run.

Despite any pending exemption, the company is pursuing air quality plan approval at the state’s suggestion, said Matthew Smith, XNG’s executive vice president of sales and marketing.

Concerning noise, Berry also said the compressor manufacturer had misled them on how much noise they would make. XNG is building a $350,000 sound barrier to trap excess noise on site, he said.

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