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New energy plants could increase air pollution

The Chesapeake Energy company may soon build new compressor stations in Ohio County, The Herald-Star reports. The business is seeking permission  from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Air Quality to release several pollutants from four of its Ohio County well sites. The DEP plans to approve the permit requests but is allowing the public to discuss the project and bring up any potential concerns. Each site will have slightly different pollution standards. According to the news source, the requirements depend on the type of particulate matter being produced at each location.

"The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has primacy to regulate air emissions from all industries, including oil and gas operations, to protect public health and the environment. Chesapeake works with the agency on a regular basis to comply with, and usually exceed, the requirements," Stacey Brodak, Chesapeake's senior director of corporate development, told the news source.

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