Health Impacts of Compressor Stations
“Compressor stations result in large release of dangerous chemicals. Of greatest concern is benzene and formaldehyde, both known human carcinogens. But other chemicals in the air harm the throat, lung and nervous system. Living near to a compressor station, as they are presently operated, is dangerous to the health of people who live nearby.”
David O. Carpenter, MD and Dir. of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany
- The American Medical Association has passed a resolution in June 2015 that
states that the Department of Environmental Control (DEC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) are not doing adequate research evaluating the health impact of pipeline projects like the NED pipeline. The AMA is supporting legislation to require that FERC and DEC to do proper assessments.
- “Our American Medical Association recognizes the potential impact on human health associated with natural gas infrastructure and will support legislation that would require a comprehensive health impact assessment regarding the health risks that may be associated with natural gas pipelines.”
Sheila Bushkin, MD, MPH; Times Union, “Put Study Before Any Permit”, Brian Nearing, 7/15/15
- The Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project has documented the various health impacts of living in close proximity to a compressor station. Specifically they released in February 2015 a study of the community surrounding the Minisink (New York) compressor station, which is a 12,000 horsepower station and has been in operation since 2013. Individuals living near the Minisink station have experienced increases in respiratory, neurological, dermatological and mental health issues. The proposed compressor station for Clarks Chapel Rd in Nassau will be 3.5 times larger than the Minisink station.