Western NY, Finger Lakes, & the Southern Tier

Minisink Compressor Station & its Health Impacts

Gas Compressors and Nose Bleeds,” Utne Reader, by Jessica Cohen, Fall 2015

Discusses the results of a health and air pollution monitoring study by David Brown, ScD, on residents of Minisink, NY, after a 12,000-hp compressor station was built in their neighborhood in 2013. Also mentions health effects of particulate matter and VOCs from several other studies.

 

Summary of Minisink Monitoring Results,” by Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, circa 2015

Discusses the results of a 2-month health study by David Brown, ScD and Public Health Toxicologist, on residents of Minisink, NY, after a 12,000-hp compressor station was built in their neighborhood in 2013. Of 35 residents studied, 2 became asthmatic, 10 had rashes, 22 developed respiratory problems, 12 developed headaches, and 6 of 12 children developed nosebleeds. Particulate matter was monitored and although the average was below the EPA level of concern of 35 ug/M³ (micrograms per cubic meter), there were many hourly spikes into the hundreds.

 

Homesick from Toxic Emissions,” Utne Reader, by Jessica Cohen, Winter 2015

Tells the story of one family who had to leave their home in Minisink, NY because of health problems, after a 12,000-hp compressor station was built nearby. Also describes the history of the community’s battle to stop the compressor station.

 

Resource Links:
Shale Gas Infrastructure Map of New York State
General Background on Compressor Stations
Borger Compressor Station Documents
      Water Pollution and Wetlands Infringement at Borger
Dominion’s New Market Project
     Dominion’s FERC Application & Selected Supporting Documents (2 June 2014)
     FERC Documents Assessing New Market Project
     Dominion’s Air Permit Applications to DEC, Filed 2 June 2014
     Dominion’s Variance Request Documents (Filed with FERC 24 Jan 2017)
     Miscellaneous Dominion New Market Project Documents
Minisink Compressor Station & its Health Impacts
Health Impacts of Compressor Stations & Other Gas Infrastructure


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