Myersville residents to fight FERC decision with fundraising effort

Frederick News Post
Laura Blasey
MYERSVILLE — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may have denied their request for a rehearing, but the residents of Myersville aren’t giving up without a fight. In the first of two community meetings, representatives of Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community met with about 15 residents Tuesday night to discuss appealing a FERC decision to not reconsider Dominion Transmission’s Allegheny Storage Project. The project would place a 15,000-horsepower gas compressor facility on a 21-acre property off Milt Summers Road. FERC approved the project in December. Town residents and officials who had concerns about the project's safety, size and environmental impact and filed the request for a rehearing in January. FERC rejected the rehearing request in May. “Local people I talk to in the community, they think we’re done. They think with the denial, it’s over and it’s just a matter of when do we move,” said Stephanie Flores, who attended the meeting. “We need to let them know it’s not over.”

Disappointed in Myersville

Elisabeth Hoffman
Federal regulators have denied Myersville residents a rehearing on the permit for a planned compressor station in their rural community. Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community (MCRC) had asked for a rehearing on Dominion Transmission Inc.’s planned 16,000-horsepower compressor station for fracked natural gas, saying in part that the environmental review was insufficient and the process was inadequate and unfair. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), however, agreed with itself. On every issue. In its 35-page ruling issued today, it disagreed with each of MCRC’s points, from concerns about the need for the compressor station and the size of the facility to the noise, danger, air pollutants, environmental assessment and effect on property values. In a ruling summary issued this morning, FERC said, “The order makes clear that the local laws and regulations upon which the Town bases its denial are preempted by the Natural Gas Act.”