We have received this video and accompanying statement from EarthWorks:
“The Loudoun Compressor was typical of compressors, though there are definitely some gasses leftover after combustion from that site. Also, of the 4 main stacks, only one was running, plus something down in the lower left was running too. If all 4 of those stacks were emitting at once, it would be a significant source of emissions. Again, regulators should have data on emissions from that compressor…there are emissions, and they are some combo of these compounds [see factsheet below], but we don’t know exactly how much.”
For a specific list of the compounds that our FLIR camera detects, check out our factsheet here: https://www.earthworksaction.org/files/publications/FACTSHEET_FLIR.pdf
Dominion wants to increase this same compressors capacity. 350 Loudoun is urging the Loudoun Board of Supervisors to deny the permit.
According to Concerned Health Professionals of New York in the 2016 Compendium:
“Compressor stations and pipelines are major sources of air pollutants, including benzene and formaldehyde, that raise potential health risks for those living nearby while offering no offsetting economic benefits—indeed, they are associated with loss of tax revenue and economic development for the communities where they are sited and traverse. The Medical Society of the State of New York and the American Medical Association have each called for comprehensive health impact assessments regarding the health and safety risks associated with natural gas pipelines, which include fires, explosions, and leaks. (source)
350 Loudoun is leading the effort in Loudoun County to address this environmental concern.
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