NY town of 9/11 workers wages gas pipeline fight

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 14, 2013 17:01 hrs

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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