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NY Town of September 11 Workers Wages Gas Pipeline Fight

Thu, 02/14/2013 - 6:47am
MARY ESCH,Associated Press

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MINISINK, N.Y. (AP) — A town known as a haven for retired New York City police officers and firefighters is battling the construction of a natural gas compressor station designed to help ease a power crunch in the nation's largest city.

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Residents of Minisink (MIN'-uh-sink) want federal regulators to make the pipeline company move the industrial facility to a more remote company-owned site that's farther from homes and farms.

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Residents say they worry about health effects from the station. Studies haven't proved a link between compressor stations and illness.

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NYPD Officer Nick Russo says he is sick from breathing fumes during Sept. 11 cleanup. He moved to Minisink with his family to escape city pollution.

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He says, "And now here I am fighting a compressor station on farmland right down the road."

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