Inquiry to take place about gas leak
BY GEORGE CHARNEY
WC PRESS EXAMINER
An inquiry will be held Dec. 14 to look at the public ramifications of a gas leak that occurred Nov. 23, near Beaumont, it was announced at Monday night’s Monroe Township supervisors’ meeting.
Supervisor Bill Patton said the meeting would take place at 10 a.m. in the Tunkhannock office of Rep. Karen Boback, R-Harveys Lake, and was expected to include Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Lehman Twp., and Wyoming County Emergency Management Agency Director Gene Dziak.
Kunkle Fire Chief Jack Dodson was in attendance at Monday’s meeting and said he would be in attendance at the Dec. 14 meeting and hoped someone would also be there from PVR Partners which earlier this year purchased the Chapin Dehydration Station and other Marcellus gathering assets from Chief Energy.
Some neighbors of the plant at the Monday meeting said the neighbors around the facility experienced a “blow out” on November 23 about 3 a.m. of more than 30 minutes duration.
A shorter release at the facility also startled neighbors on Sept. 30.
Chief Dodson said he had major questions about both incidents in which emergency protocols were not followed, and the public deserved some answers.
In other business, township supervisors approved a flood plain ordinance which was explicit in noting that Monroe Twp. does not allow any building on any area designated in the flood plain.
It was announced that Monroe Township received $37,309.76 from Act 13 Impact Fee money which will be placed in a separate account. Monies in this account may only be spent on certain uses specified by the state.
Supervisors also noted that letters will be mailed to residents with regards to landlord registrations. These letters pertain to anyone who is assessed for more than one house on a particular property.
The Seweage Enforcement Officer will raise his fee from $240 to $320 for 2013. Presently, if anyone applies for a sewerage permit, the township charges $225. Tentatively, this permit will increase with the rise in enforcement fees.
The budget for 2013 was not available for public inspection, but will be completed by the Dec. 17 final meeting.
Supervisor Walt Derhammer noted that he would order cinders for the winter season at $11.50 per yard, adding that five loads would be needed at a cost of $2,012.50.
The Falls Hill Bridge has been repaired,
Herdman Road will be redone in the spring and modified stone will be used where needed. These expenses will be paid for by al gas company.