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'Roundtable' Discussion Over Compressor Stations Scheduled

A MarkWest representative said this week he was frustrated over lack of communication—so supervisors scheduled another hearing to get more input on compressor stations related to the Marcellus Shale industry.

A representative from MarkWest implored supervisors this week not to take action in the township.

"I don't think the comments we've made have been addressed," associate counsel Chris Rimkus told the board during its sixth public hearing on the matter on Tuesday.

He expressed frustration with the process, saying that although MarkWest had submitted comments regarding the ordinance, "I've never gotten any follow up."

And Rimkus again told the board that portions of the ordinance, which would permit compressor stations as a conditional use, over-reach and are superceded by state and federal law.

After some back and forth over emissions and setbacks—what board Chairman Mike Debbis called the two key areas of contention—the board decided to continue the hearing again.

"You guys have to listen if we're going to talk through this stuff," Rimkus had told them.

Supervisor Kevin Camerson suggested the next meeting be a roundtable discussion where all parties can hash out differences.

The hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in the township building.

EC September 10, 2011 at 11:46 AM
A lot to be said when a company expresses a conditional use superceding state and federal law? Energy, energy, energy all around some above but right now under ground.
Eric Belcastro September 10, 2011 at 05:56 PM
"It's rather unfortunate that most citizens that walk into a township hearing sacrifice without a fight their sovereign right to say “no” to that which is harming them. Instead they argue like many in Cecil Township and Mount Pleasant Township have. They argue over what portion of their township they are going to sacrifice. They argue over how to enforce the standards, written by the industry themselves, of how much carcinogens and neurotoxins and mutagens they are going to put in your air, soil, water, and in your bodies. They say “Well, we've done all that we can do.” They refuse to challenge this state of affairs, or simply don't know that they can. But these things won't ever change without challenging them. In the words of Derrick Jensen “Does anyone really believe that Weyerhaeuser is going to stop deforesting because we ask nicely? Does anyone really believe that Monsanto will stop Monsantoing because we ask nicely? If only we get a Democrat in the White House, things will be okay. If only we pass this or that piece of legislation, things will be okay. If only we defeat this or that piece of legislation, things will be okay. Nonsense. Things will not be okay. They are already not okay, and they're getting worse. Rapidly.” from MarkWest Claims it has Rights, Cecil Residents Don't http://canon-mcmillan.patch.com/blog_posts/markwest-claims-it-has-rights-cecil-residents-dont-2

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