Many Manheim residents upset by proposed natural gas filling site

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - People living in the Herkimer County town of Manheim are not happy with proposed plans to build a compressed natural gas filling site.

A public hearing on Tuesday afternoon drew so many people, it had to be moved to the Dolgeville Fire House.

Boston-based Xpress Natural Gas wants to build on a piece of land off State Route 167. The site would essentially be a fuel filling station.

While the project is still in the beginning stages, there's talk of having the company operational by fall.

People who live near the proposed site say they worry about their property values, the increased truck traffic and their safety.

"This is not the right area," said Jessica Wilkes, who lives across the street from the proposed site. "If it had been in a different area, where it's not so close to where people live, the situation may be different. But there are just tons of residents who are going to be affected by this."

There is still time to voice your opinion on the matter. There is another public hearing scheduled for May 5, but a location has not yet been chosen.


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