Equipment at construction site of gas compressor station sabotaged and stolen

Equipment at the building site of a $43 million natural gas compressor station has been sabotaged and stolen, according to the developer, Millennium Pipeline Co.

Millennium spokesman Steve Sullivan said the damage happened post-Hurricane Sandy, sometime between Oct. 28 and Oct. 31, when construction was halted. Several machines — including a bulldozer, an excavator and a large vibratory roller — were damaged, Sullivan said. High-powered hydraulic hoses were pulled out of the equipment, electronics at the site were stolen and other minor damage was done, he said.

The Millennium project has caused acrimony in the community for more than a year. A citizens group has fought the construction, saying it isn’t appropriate for the Jacobs Road neighborhood. Multiple complaints have been filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission since construction began.

FERC spokesman Craig Cano said the commission is looking at rehearing requests, but no decision has been made and there’s no timeline as to when a decision could come. The station will increase the amount of natural gas to the eastern end of the 168-mile pipeline running from the Southern Tier to the Town of Ramapo.

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