– Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin) and Hegins Township supervisors voiced their opposition to the proposed site of a 31,000-horsepower natural gas compressor station, which is needed to complete the Leidy South Project in Schuylkill County.
The Leidy South Project is a proposed expansion of Williams Atlantic Sunrise’s existing infrastructure to further connect supplies of natural gas in northern and western Pennsylvania in order to meet demand. This project is part of the Transco pipeline system and will transport an additional 582,400 dekatherms of natural gas supply per day.
During this process, multiple meetings were held with Williams officials to discuss their proposed sites for the compressor station, with attendees such as Tobash, Schuylkill county commissioners, Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation, and supervisors from Hegins and Frailey townships.
Tobash, Schuylkill County commissioners and the Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation preferred an alternate location in Frailey Township, which is still along the pipeline and in an area zoned industrial.
Williams Atlantic Sunrise formally filed its application with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on July 31, with the preferred site for the compressor station located in Hegins Township, along Deep Creek and Bridge Road.
“I am disappointed that their (Williams) application did not show a preference for an area that is zoned industrial over a location that is agricultural, and bordered by residential homes, despite the insistence from myself and other local officials,” said Tobash.
“I am frustrated that the Williams Company has chosen to locate the compressor station in the middle of prime farmland instead of choosing the site that another township said they wanted. Williams went through all kind of terrain to install the pipeline. Surely, they could have been able to utilize the other site,” said Hegins Township Board of Supervisors Chairman Gary Harner.
“I found it disappointing to hear that Williams has chosen to place its compressor station at the Hegins site when a neighboring township would be willing to have it with hardly any opposition,” said Hegins Township Supervisor Douglas Lucas. “I understand the neighboring site would take some work to make it usable, but when almost $3 billion was spent to put the pipeline in, a few dollars to make the site useable in a township that wants it should not be a problem. The majority of people in our township do not want the compressor station, and I would hope Williams would reconsider and go to the alternate site. I was elected to represent the people of Hegins Township and I will do what is necessary to look out for their best interests.”
FERC will now begin the process of reviewing and analyzing William’s application and conducting its own environmental assessments of the area. After an additional public input period on the environmental assessment, FERC will determine on whether to approve the project and to issue permission for Williams to proceed with construction.
For information about any state or local-related issue, contact Tobash’s district office in Schuylkill Haven located at 988 East Main St
., by calling 570-385-8235. Information can also be found online at RepTobash.com
Representative Mike Tobash
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