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People against proposed Oneonta decompressor hold public meeting

A gas decompressor could be coming to the Oneonta area.

Posted: Sep 5, 2018 11:31 PM
Updated: Sep 5, 2018 11:51 PM

ONEONTA -- A gas decompressor could be coming to the Oneonta area.

People who are against the decompressor held a meeting in Oneonta Wednesday to discuss so-called risks.
Otsego Now, which is an industrial development agency, could allow a gas decompressor in Oneonta.

According to The Daily Star, Otsego Now reps say they are working to lure a decompressor company to Oneonta. A decompressor is a station that holds compressed natural gas that will be delivered by gas trucks.

People against it call the trucks "bomb trucks". XNG is a company that they referenced as being a danger to the community.

Craig Stevens, organizer of the meeting, says the trucks are experimental, unregulated, and they have extreme consequences.

“The problem with the trucks is, this is not a small container,” Stevens said. “They're carrying 11 tons of methane, of natural gas, long distance. The trucks are very top heavy, they've already had five of them roll over and crash. Some of them slid down the hills … So, our focus is they're extracting the gas and harming people. They're putting it in trucks and putting these whole communities at risk."

We reached out to the natural gas company XNG who had this to say:

“XNG takes the safety of our employees and our communities very seriously. We employ a modern trucking fleet with best-in-class safety and environmental control features. We try to hire the best possible drivers through a rigorous process that includes a road test conducted by a senior employee. Our preventative maintenance program is well above industry standards, and all of our equipment gets a minimum of three independent inspections each day. All of this results in very positive safety rating from the federal government and all other monitoring entities. XNG’s operations comply with all federal, state and local guidelines.”

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