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State police still investigating compressor station arson

THEN — August fire at natural gas compressor station in Milford Twp. considered arson.

Now — Gas started flowing last week.

A natural gas compressor station in Milford Twp. began operating Thursday, about two months after someone allegedly tried to set it on fire.

The state police investigation of the Aug. 8 arson is still ongoing, Fire Marshal Steve Kaneski said, declining to comment further.

The fire damaged a metal platform where a compression turbine sits inside the building. Local firefighters extinguished the blaze. The company estimated the initial damage at $80,000.

Scott Castleman, spokesman for compressor station operator Columbia Gas Transmission, said the final damage estimate will be lower but would not provide an amount or comment on the details of the incident.

The compressor station that pushes natural gas through Columbia’s north-to-south pipeline has been controversial among some Milford and Milford Twp. residents who distributed yard signs, held rallies and filed an appeal of the facility’s state-issued air quality permit to the state Environmental Hearing Board.

Gas began flowing regularly through the line on Thursday, according to a notice Columbia provided to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Columbia will continue to fill in the site with soil and rock and place seed and straw mulch to reduce erosion and encourage plant growth.

In related news, Officials fight vandalism on grasslands in west North Dakota.

This article was written by Brendan Gibbons from The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa. and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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