NY COMMUNITY OPPOSES NEW NATIONAL FUEL FACILITY

NY COMMUNITY OPPOSES NEW NATIONAL FUEL FACILITY

A National Fuel request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for permission to build a new natural gas compressor station here is hitting community opposition.

The Eden project is the third phase of a National Fuel program to enable the utility to import Canadian gas and ship it by pipeline to the East Coast via Pennsylvania.But residents who live near the site asked the Eden Town Board to reject the project, even though the town has not yet received an application from National Fuel for a permit.

The Eden project is the third phase of a National Fuel program to enable the utility to import Canadian gas and ship it by pipeline to the East Coast via Pennsylvania.

The third phase also involves construction of 40 miles of 24-inch pipe line in northern Pennsylvania and a compressor station in the Gunnville area of the Town of Lancaster.

The first phase was 13 miles of 24-inch pipeline in Elma, Lancaster and Marilla that went into service Jan. 15.

National Fuel also has an application pending before FERC for a permit to build 20 miles of 24-inch line in the Niagara County towns of Lewiston, Cambria and Wheatfield.

We want to stop this before it gets started, said Susan Balus, one of the leaders of a petition drive, which cites Eden residents' concerns about noise and increased traffic on a dead-end street.

Mrs. Balus said she and a neighbor, James Bulger, collected 40 signatures

from residents of the street and plan to expand the petition effort beyond the immediate neighborhood.

National Fuel spokesman Arthur K. Coon said the new facilities would be built on a 103-acre farm that the utility recently purchased. The new facilities would include a soundproof building to house three natural gas- powered engines that would compress natural gas so that it can be transported long distances in a 24-inch-diameter pipeline. A small warehouse- office building and a metering building also would be erected, along with the necessary piping.

Because the property is zoned for residential use, National Fuel would need permission from the town to proceed with the project. It also would need the approval of the FERC and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Mr. Coon said there would be no noise outside the soundproof building, although ear protection would be needed inside.

The decibel level outside will be below that produced by crickets in the summer time, he said.

Mr. Coon said an application filed Jan. 15 with the FERC asks that the project be approved by Nov. 1 so that construction could be completed by the end of summer 1989.