Compressor station fair set for Thursday

Published 8:00 am Tuesday, October 23, 2018

PSNC to hold public meeting at Polk County Middle School

MILL SPRING — PSNC Energy will hold a drop-in meeting from 5 to 8 p.m. this Thursday for local residents to learn more about a natural gas compressor station being constructed in Mill Spring.

The meeting will be at Polk County Middle School, located at 321 Wolverine Trail, Mill Spring.

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The compressor station is located near the middle school on Silver Creek Road, approximately one mile from the intersection of Highway 9.

The meeting is designed to provide more information about PSNC Energy’s plans for the compressor station, with personnel from Polk County Schools and Polk County Emergency Management also available at the meeting to answer questions.

The meeting will have information stations from PSNC Energy.

“PSNC Energy is inviting the community to attend a meeting to learn more about the compressor station being built in Mill Spring,” said PSNC’s Persida Montanez. “The meeting provides an opportunity to learn more about PSNC Energy’s commitment to safety and to ask questions about the project.”

PSNC was given an air quality permit in June after the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality held a public hearing in Polk County in May.

During the public hearing, where about 70 residents attended, all speakers expressed concern over the compressor station being located in close proximity to the middle school. Residents questioned safety measures that will be in place, with PSNC officials saying they understand and want to meet the public’s concerns.

PSNC Vice President of Operations George Ratchford said people will be working at the site, and the compressor station also has remote control technology so it can be shut down remotely if necessary.

Ratchford said in May that PSNC planned to have another public meeting so the safety plan could be shown to residents.

Anyone who cannot attend Thursday’s meeting or who has questions can contact Montanez at