Controversial Myersville Natural Gas Compressor Facility Affects Sewer Line

- MYERSVILLE, Md. - The construction of a controversial Dominion natural gas compressor station in Myersville is now almost complete, but it’s a topic that brings up intense emotion in the community.

"We're extremely upset. It's not just our group. When Dominion first approached the town to ask about constructing and operating this toxic, emissions-spewing compressor station, we packed the town hall," said Ann Nau, Vice President of Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community.

After a legal dispute between the town and Dominion, the court ruled in Dominion's favor last October, and the mayor and city council were forced to comply. Even though the town is now learning to deal with the decision, a more pressing issue has arisen since construction began in July. Complications during the build have affected the community's sewer line.

"When they crossed under our sewer utility and had to lay new line, it was clearly put in a deficient manner. And the position that they've generally taken is ‘hey, we've done our work down there...you know we might've messed up your sewer. Why don't you guys fix it and send us the bill,’" said Kristin Aleshire, Myersville Town Manager.

We reached out to Dominion for comment - Jim Norvelle, Director of Media Relations at Dominion Energy, had this to say: "When we inspected the sewer pipeline after construction, we saw that it had sagged and that's unacceptable. So now we have told the city that if it would go ahead and have the sewer line repaired, send us the bill and we'll pay for it."

The issue of fixing the city's single sewer pipeline is of great importance to the town, but they're also disappointed in the relationship with Dominion that they were told was going to be one of partnership and they feel has turned into just another job. "That, I think, is the unfortunate revelation we are now experiencing," said Aleshire.

There are no service interruptions, but because this is the city's main line it needs to be fixed immediately. The dispute could also turn into a legal battle over who is responsible for coordinating the efforts to handle the sewer line, and the city's attorneys are currently involved.

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