WILLIAMSPORT — The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting and hearing on Thursday, Dec. 15, to discuss an Air Quality plan approval application from Chief Gathering LLC for expansion of the company’s Barto Compressor Station in Penn Township, Lycoming County.
The 6:30 p.m. meeting will be held at the Picture Rocks Volunteer Fire Co. at 180 N. Main St.
“Staff from DEP’s Air Quality program will explain the application review process and applicable regulations, and Chief officials will review the project with the audience,” DEP North-central Regional Director Nels Taber said. “These presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer session, so that DEP and the company can hear about residents’ concerns and provide needed information.”
Chief Gathering LLC submitted the Air Quality plan approval application to DEP on April 19. The plan would include four natural gas-fired reciprocating internal combustion 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. It would also include controls for the new engines and establish more stringent emission limits for the existing engines.
DEP published a notice of intent to issue the plan approval in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Sept. 17 and asked for public comment. A significant number of citizens requested that the agency hold a public meeting or public hearing to discuss the application.
During the 8 p.m. public hearing portion of the evening, the public 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. The testimony will be recorded by a court reporter and transcribed into a written document, and DEP will create a written response to all relevant testimony provided during the public hearing.
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 submitted by the close of business on Dec. 27 to: DEP Air Quality Program Manager, 208 West 3rd St., Suite 101, Williamsport, PA 17701.
Individuals in need of an accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact Daniel Spadoni at 570-327-3659 or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 1-800-654-5984 (TDD).
For more information, call 570-327-3659 or visit www.dep.state.pa.us.