Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Gas compressors removed from site near Northlake neighborhoods

The gas compressors in Northlake have been moved (photo courtesy of the town of Northlake).

Diesel compressors and natural gas engines have moved away from Northlake neighborhoods to a more rural part of town.

The Aethon Energy compressor station was located on Mulkey Lane, just south of FM 407, near The Highlands neighborhood and the Northwest ISD Outdoor Learning Center. Northlake Mayor Pete Dewing said at some times, the four diesel compressors make noises and fumes that residents nearby can hear and smell.

The compressors have been removed from the site, according to a town update on Tuesday. There is still a lot of work to be done but the major pieces of equipment have been removed, the town said on social media.

The Aethon Energy gas compressor site in early 2018, before the large equipment was removed.

Realty Capital, developer at The Highlands, wanted Aethon to relocate the station, but their negotiations came to an impasse and a lawsuit was filed to compel Aethon to move, Dewing said earlier this year. Dewing brought both sides to the table at Northlake Town Hall to come up with a workable solution. After a bit of back-and-forth and compromises on both sides, Aethon and Realty Capital signed an agreement for Aethon to relocate the compressors.

There was already one compressor on a site near Denton Creek, south of Quail Creek Shooting Range on FM 1171 and west of Interstate 35W, and Aethon is moving the compressors and natural gas engines to that site.

Mark Smith
Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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