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Agawam residents voice concerns about compressor station

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Residents on Brookfield Lane in Agawam live just feet away from a compressor station right next door.

"That's a lot of families. They can chose to do that in another place," said Judy Conti from Agawam. 

Conti wrote a letter to officials at the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Expansion Project. She called the loud noise and release of gas
"alarming" and "offensive" to residents.

"When they release gas out of necessity, there's a strong odor. The way the wind comes from most of the time, it's southerly, it comes to us."

The Expansion Project was developed to meet the increasing demand in the Northeast for natural gas. But, residents who live there say they hear blow offs sometimes at 1 AM. 

"Just the other night there were loud noises in the middle of the night. It sounded like gunshots," said Conti.

Conti also says that it's dangerous to the environment. There's a stream that runs through the complex.

"No matter what you do to a wetland, whether you fix it afterward, you're still making a mess," she said. "We have big snapping turtles, all kinds of creatures that live there. It never goes back to normal."

Richard Wheatley from Kinder Morgan says they are looking into the complaint.

"We are committed to public safety, protection of the environment and operation of our facilities in compliance with all applicable rules and regulations," said Wheatley.

If the company gets all the necessary approvals, they are set to begin construction next year.

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