Monroe residents still concerned about Chapin plant
BY GEORGE CHARNEY
WC Press Examiner
Monroe Township supervisors met Monday night and acknowledged they had received a letter from the state Department of Environmental Protection regarding the Chapin dehydration facility.
They were notified that the PVR Partners facility that removes water from gas compounds and is located just off of Rt. 309 above the Luzerne County line was up for permit renewal.
Lynn Lewis, a resident of the township, living on Old Highway, voiced her concerns about the plant.
She said that everyone who lives near the plant has either bloody noses or sinus infections.
Supervisor Bill Patton discussed the matter and informed the audience that DEP is in charge of air quality.
Lewis contends that there is a test for liquids and not gas.
It was noted that 300 million cubic feet of gas goes through the facility each day.
Lewis also commented that the Kunkle Volunteer Fire Company was not equipped to handle any emergency that might occur.
Patton acknowledged that Kunkle Fire Company would be unable to handle an emergency but would be able to respond to residents calling the fire company should evacuations be necessary.
A name nor an address was not given; however, Patton stated that a local coordinator was located in the Dallas area should the need arise to control the flow of gas from the Chapin facility in an emergency.
Supervisor Walter Derhammer advised that PVR Partners, the present owner of the dehydration plant, would repair Herdman Road and Crow Hill Road in the spring.
He said the gas company did pay for repairs the Falls Hill Bridge.
In other business, landlord registration forms were discussed. If anyone has not returned a form identifying rental properties, please do so.
The supervisors also spoke to an issue about work done on the Crispell property in which a contractor apparently did not go through protocols for inspections.
Supervisor Dale Wrigh said the matter has been turned over to the magistrate and a date will be set for the hearing.
The supervisors will send a letter through the township’s solicitor to a resident on Rusinko and Hoyt Roads regarding concrete blocks that have been placed in the right-of-way that hinder snow plowing.