A compressor station is a facility which helps the transportation process of natural gas from one location to another. Natural gas, while being transported through a gas pipeline, needs to be constantly pressurized in certain distance intervals (from 40 up to 100 miles).
The gas in compressor stations is normally pressurized by special turbines, motors and engines. Natural Gas Compressor stations are known to cause many environmental problems including air pollution, water pollution, soil contamination, and noise pollution.
The famous American legal battle which became the centerpiece of the Hollywood film Erin Brockovich involved a PG&E compressor station in Hinkley, California, USA which contaminated soil and an aquifer with corrosion inhibiting Chromium VI and other toxic compounds without regard for the health of residents.
In February of 2010, residents of Lamar County, Texas, U.S.A won a lawsuit against National Pipeline Co. for excessive noise causing damage to health and property. In the small town of Dish, Texas, U.S.A. extremely high levels of carcinogenic and neurotoxic air pollutants have been recorded near one of the town's 11 compressor stations.
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