A Carbondale-based environmental group is appealing a recent Bureau of Land Management decision authorizing a new natural gas compressor west of town.

Wilderness Workshop said the storage field that serves the compressor station has the potential for large methane leaks such as one in Southern California in late 2015 and early 2016 that resulted in mass home evacuations.

The organization filed notice that it plans to appeal the BLM’s decision last month that would allow Black Hills Energy to add a new compressor at the Crystal River Compressor Station, located a few miles west of Carbondale off of Garfield County Road 108.

“Our goal is not to stop this proposed compressor from being built, because we understand the importance of reliable natural gas delivery to local consumers,” Peter Hart, staff attorney for the Wilderness Workshop, said in a news release issued Monday.

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