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Andover school officials don't want natural gas infusion station

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Signs dot many homes on Route 6 saying “No natural gas infusion station.” (WFSB) Signs dot many homes on Route 6 saying “No natural gas infusion station.” (WFSB)
ANDOVER, CT (WFSB) -

The opposition to the proposed natural gas facility in Andover is mounting.

On Wednesday, the town's Board of Education voiced its concerns, as the schools in town are less than a mile from where the delivery facility would be.

The signs around Andover can be seen in the yards of homes on nearly every main street, saying "No Natural Gas Infusion Station," and school officials say the same.

“Speaking on behalf of the Board of Education, we want to get across our unique concerns about our students, their parents and the community in general that we accommodate at the school,” said Board of Education Chair Shannon Louden.

In the letter they drafted, they're concerned about the location.

The first of its kind delivery station would be on Route 6, at a Christmas tree farm.

Global CNG Holdings made the proposal and it would send trucks, full of pressurized natural gas, where they would be decompressed and injected into gas lines.

Along with powering more homes in the region, it would bring more than $100,000 in annual property taxes...but the schools are asking at what cost.

“You're talking about natural gas being transported at the dangers that might provide for any accident that might occur on Route 6,” Louden said.

Global CNG said 10 trucks will drive the route every hour, 24 hours a day...during six peak months, usually in the winter time.

With school bus traffic and students potentially walking the route, daily safety is a concern for mom, Andrea Maloney.

“With large tanker trucks, throw in more vehicles, it's just going to be a nightmare,” Maloney said.

In past interviews, Global CNG downplayed any safety concerns, saying it's no more dangerous than the other tankers that already run this route.

Parents said there's no need to add to the traffic.

“A lot of parents use Route 6 as a way to get to and from work, kids are going to school at that time and now you throw a big business into all of that and you have a whole lot of hustle and bustle that's already dangerous,” Maloney said.

Global CNG was not at the meeting on Wednesday to answer questions, but they will be at another meeting on June 13.

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