Prelim OK to Forkston compressor

BY ROBERT L. BAKER

Wyoming County Press Examiner

TUNKHANNOCK – The Wyoming County Planning Commission granted preliminary and final approval last Wednesday night to a compressor station proposed for Forkston Township.

Jeff Malek, an attorney representing Chief Oil & Gas, returned from the May meeting with answers to questions the county’s engineer- CECO Associates- had raised regarding a stormwater review for the Severcool Station which will be jointly operated by Chief and Chesapeake.

The proposed Severcool station will be located on a private driveway off of Bowman’s Hollow Road. There will be a pull-off and turn-around area at the driveway’s intersection. The highest volume of traffic will be during construction; upon completion, the routine traffic volume will be classified as a minimum use driveway.

Apparently CECO is satisfied that its concerns have been met.

Planning commission member Jon Howard reiterated a concern he raised in May regarding the fact that the site is located in a ‘natural amphitheatre’ that will cause noise to resound.

“The sound will bounce through that hollow,” he cautioned.

Nick Bryan on behalf of Chief said, “All of our buildings are heavily insulated” and got into technical descriptions of using mineral wool and sheetrock, and that the exhaust noise on separate generators would also have silencers.

David Solis, an associate facilities engineer for Chesapeake, noted issues of flow control valves and noise with backup generators but stated, “It shouldn’t be a problem.”

Bryan also said, “Each of us are committed to assuring complete compliance.”

The planning commission also granted preliminary approval for a land development expansion of Southwestern Energy in Lemon Township.

County planner Paul Weilage also shared with the commission a document on the history of natural gas service in Wyoming County, and said it was mostly a talking point as the county possibly looked forward to tapping into the compressed natural gas that might be targeted to and through public utilities.

He made reference to a UGI line going in from Auburn Township in Susquehanna County to Wilkes-Barre in Luzerne County.

Weilage raised the possibility of a study of CNG development as a good use of Act 13 (Impact Fee) money once it starts flowing back to the counties.

The planning commission took the document under advisement.