The Chenango Valley School District is preparing to hire a law firm to investigate options regarding a proposed natural gas transfer facility in the Town of Fenton.

The Board of Education plans to hold a special meeting on the matter at 6 p.m. Monday.

School superintendent David Gill has recommended the district retain Tooher and Barone of Albany in connection with the project planned by NG Advantage of Vermont.

The Town of Fenton last month gave its approval to the company's proposal to develop the facility that will include natural gas compressors on property along the West Service Road.

The school district is considering launching a legal effort that could block the project as it is now designed.

Gill has expressed "grave concerns" about the facility because of safety and traffic issues.

The superintendent has written that the close proximity of the Fenton Trucking Terminal to the Port Dickinson Elementary School is "very troubling."

NG Advantage officials have indicated they will work with local representatives to address the safety and traffic concerns they've expressed.

The facility would be used to transport natural gas from the Millennium Pipeline to the Oneonta area.

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