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Town of Fenton Planning Board approves natural gas compressor station

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TOWN OF FENTON (WBNG) -- A new natural gas compressor station is coming to West Service Road on the Port Dickinson/Town of Fenton line.

The Town of Fenton Planning Board approved the project Tuesday night.

Some argue that the approval came too fast, and it's leaving residents and neighboring community members concerned about their quality of life.

"I don't really want to see something horrible happen in my neighborhood because people didn't take the time to ensure the safety of the residents," said Town of Chenango resident, Becky Smith

The station will be built by NG Advantage, and will sit right next to Port Dickinson Community Park.

The Village of Port Dickinson has a strict five-ton limit for its roads. The only way trucks could get to and from I-88, to work on the station, would be to loop on the West Service Road back to Chenango Bridge, which runs near the Chenango Valley School District.

"That access road is the only road that the school buses use to go between the high school, elementary school and middle school," said concerned resident Joel Luchun of Port Crane

However, officials from NG Advantage say the project will only benefit the area.

"We're truly bringing the community and what we truly have to offer, not only to the 150 new employees that we will be hiring, but also to the industrial and commercial facilities or anybody that uses a typical fossil fuel," said NG Advantage CEO, Rico Biasetti.

Although many at Tuesday night's meeting objected the project, there are still some who believe it will only do good, and help the Town of Fenton and its surrounding areas.

"There all of a sudden totally objected to these guys filling gas, bringing jobs and bringing a ton of tax space to the Town of Fenton which greatly needs it," said Town of Fenton property owner, Jamin Boland.

The Town of Fenton Planning Board did not comment on its approval Tuesday night. NG Advantage says they will begin work as soon as possible.

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