On a brisk night in Bucks County, a group of retirees and young families unloaded their frustrations about natural-gas infrastructure on state officials.
“They say this pipeline is for the benefit of Pennsylvanians, but it is not. This line goes to
Shelly was one of more than 25 residents who spoke Tuesday at a public hearing organized by the state
That planned conversion, now under review by both state and federal authorities, requires two, 5,625 horsepower compressor stations. One, dubbed the “
The proposal has drawn considerable scorn from residents in the rural township, nestled in the northwest corner of the county.
“I have a quiet country lifestyle, and I’ve been here more than 50 years,” said
The residents that packed into
During its air-quality review, DEP officials will weigh those comments 2018– as well as any others submitted in writing before
Rebarchak, according to the protocol of the hearing, couldn’t directly answer any questions on Tuesday. Residents covered a wide swath of topics as they addressed him, including the project’s environmental impact, integrity of the existing pipeline — first installed in the 1970s — and how local, volunteer fire departments would respond to pipeline-related emergencies.
A frequent source of contention came from how
Now, she’s worried about the pollutants that would be emitted by the station, concerned about the potential impact they might have on children, or that they might aggravate the congenital heart defect she’s struggled with since birth.
“This may seem like a rural area, but this is definitely residential,” Springer said. “And it’s an area where people want to live and raise families.”
Adelphia Gateway’s application to the DEP says the natural-gas powered compressors at the Quakertown station will run continuously. They’ll emit carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds, albeit in levels they estimate to be below what the department considers a “major source” of pollutants.
“You say you’re going to monitor operations, but who is going to come to make sure my children aren’t going to end up with cancer?” said
“We feel people should be the first priority in this site, and how it’s being built,” she said. “It doesn’t seem to be in our best interest..it seems to be all about cost.”
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