The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting and hearing on April 11, to discuss an air quality plan approval application from Chief Gathering LLC to construct a natural gas compressor station in Washington Township, Wyoming County.
The 6 p.m. meeting is at the Tunkhannock Area Middle School at 135 Tiger Drive.
“Staff from DEP’s Air Quality program will explain the application review process and applicable regulations, and company officials will describe the proposed project,” DEP Northeast Regional Director Mike Bedrin said. “The question-and-answer session will give us the opportunity to hear about residents’ concerns and provide needed information.”
Chief Gathering LLC submitted its application in July 2011. The plan includes eight natural-gas-fired compressor engines to provide power to natural gas compressors, which would increase the pressure of the incoming natural gas to the facility and discharge the gas at a higher pressure for transport to a network of pipelines. The plan approval and operating permit would include testing, monitoring, record-keeping and reporting requirements designed to keep the sources operating within all applicable air quality requirements.
DEP published a notice of intent to issue the plan approval in the March 18 Pennsylvania Bulletin. The agency has received a significant number of requests to hold a public meeting or public hearing to discuss the application.
During the 7:30 p.m. public hearing portion of the evening, those in attendance will have an opportunity to present up to five minutes of oral testimony about the application. Written testimony of any length will also be accepted. A court reporter will record and transcribe it into a written document, and DEP will create a written response to all relevant testimony.
Those who wish to present oral testimony may register that evening prior to the hearing.
For anyone unable to attend the public hearing, written comment should be submitted by the close of business on May 11 to DEP Air Quality Program Manager, 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703.
Individuals in need of an accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact Colleen Connolly at 570-826-2035 or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 1-800-654-5984 (TDD).