Proposed Gas Filling Station Brings Protestors Out to Dolgeville

By Julia Rose

Published 07/21 2014 10:21PM

Updated 07/21 2014 11:16PM

People in the Town of Manheim and surrounding areas gathered Monday night to once again raise concerns about a proposed gas filling station. The company Xpress Natural Gas is seeking a project permit to build a station along Route 167 that would draw gas from the Iroquois Pipeline. The gas would also be compressed and then loaded onto trucks for delivery.

Some are very much against this project and are making their voices heard. The group met in front of the Village of Dolgeville offices where the monthly board meeting was held. This protest comes just one day before the Zoning Board of Appeals is meeting to vote on Xpress Natural Gas' special permit. Many fear if the board approves the permit, construction on the filling station will start up as early as this week.

Health risks, pollution and a decrease in property value, these are just a few of the concerns of the people of the Manheim area.

"I have a grandson who is a severe asthmatic, will he be able to come to my house anymore?" says Robin George of Manheim.

"I don't think the town boards have checked enough into this and you know, 26 years of building a property that I have, I don't know if something tragic happens at this sight, if I’m going to lose the values on my home,” said local business owner Daryl Wright.

In early May, Xpress Natural Gas proposed a filling site that would spread over acres of land along Route 167 in Manheim. At the station gas would be drawn out of a pipeline, compressed and then loaded onto trucks for delivery, about 45 a day.

Town officials say the station would bring local jobs and tax breaks but some say it's just not worth the risk.

"It’s a plus on the revenue side but like I said, if something tragic was to happen, only one time, we're in trouble,” said Wright.

Even people from neighboring towns say they too could be affected by the filling station.

"Our fire department would be coming to the rescue of an explosion if it were to, do regularly, happen when pipelines explode or trucking accidents happen,” said Lia Marrero from St. Johnsville.

The protestors also claim Xpress Natural Gas has a history of truck accidents.

The Mayor of Dolgeville was unavailable for comment as he was tied up in the board meeting all night.

Eyewitness News will be at the zoning board meeting Tuesday and we'll have the results of the vote and more details on the controversy.

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