Marcellus Shale Facility Proposed in South Strabane

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By Mike Jones

A proposal to build a compressor station in South Strabane Township was pulled, but a Marcellus Shale pipeline transmission company now wants to build a different type of “facility in support of natural gas development” at the site.

Columbia Midstream Group, a subsidiary of NiSource, submitted an application to the township’s zoning hearing board Jan. 13 to construct the launcher/receiver facility and neighboring meter station on two sections of 251 acres owned by Range Resources.

The company pulled back on its plan to build a compressor station on the land near Davis School and Meadows View roads after township officials declared their intention to ban such facilities in agriculturally zoned districts. The updated proposal is less intrusive than a compressor station, but is “essential for the transmission of natural gas from oil and gas wells” drilled in the area, according to the application.

The two projects, located on separate sides of Davis School Road near Route 19, would cost $3.25 million to construct, according to the zoning application. The East Washington Gathering Project would include a series of pipelines that connect to nearby transmission lines being built, but the actually footprint of the facilities would be relatively small.

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