People fighting a natural gas compressor project in Fenton say town highway department workers pulled up signs expressing opposition to the facility.

Hillcrest residents say they saw two men get out of a Fenton town highway truck on Friday and yank out signs that had recently been posted..

More than 200 signs were said to have been distributed last week by people who are concerned about the proposal by NG Advantage of Vermont. The company wants to build compressor stations at a site off West Service Road, just north of Port Dickinson.

The operation would allow gas from the Millennium Pipeline to be trucked to the Oneonta area.

Fenton town supervisor David Hamlin said two of the three signs that had been removed by workers were on public property. The third was in the strip between the curb and the sidewalk.

Hamlin said the town attorney later determined that the signs should have been allowed because other types of signs are permitted in such spots in Fenton. The supervisor said the signs were going to be returned on Monday.

Two women who learned that the signs had been removed are said to have retrieved them from a dumpster outside the Town of Fenton highway department garage.

A sign at the Fenton town hall indicates the public is invited to open forums to learn more about the project. The first session is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the American Legion on West Service Road. Additional sessions are slated for 5 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. at the Port Crane Fire Department.

A notice at the Fenton town hall advertises upcoming open forums being sponsored by NG Advantage. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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