Pennsylvania DEP to Hold Public Hearing for Proposed NatGas Power Generation Facility

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced it will hold a public hearing on permits related to the proposed Birdsboro Power LLC natural gas power generation facility. The hearing will be held Nov. 2, 2017 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Boone Area Library, 129 N. Mill Street, Birdsboro, PA 19508.

The hearing will focus on the applications submitted for the Chapter 105 Water Obstruction and Encroachment Permits by Birdsboro Power LLC, DTE Midstream Appalachia LLC (DTE), and the related water supply line proposed by Reading Area Water Authority (RAWA), in addition to the Erosion and Sediment Control General Permit (ESCGP-2) and the request for Water Quality Certification by DTE for the proposed natural gas transmission pipeline.

During the hearing, each speaker will have the opportunity to present up to five minutes of verbal testimony. Relinquishing of time to other speakers will be prohibited and groups are asked to designate one speaker. Presenters are asked to keep all comments relevant and on topic. All presenters should bring at least one copy of their written comments and exhibits for submission to DEP.

Those who wish to present testimony must contact John Repetz, DEP’s community relations coordinator for the South-central region, at 717-705-4904 or Registration is open through noon on Nov. 1. Individuals will be called to testify in the order they registered. If time permits, those who did not register in advance will be given an opportunity to testify.

DEP will also accept written comments on the Chapter 105 Water Obstruction and Encroachment permit applications and the Water Quality Certification request through Nov. 6, 2017, and written comments on the ESCGP-2 application until Nov. 20, 2017. Comments may be emailed to RA-EPWW-SCRO@PA.GOV or mailed to PA Department of Environmental Protection, South-central Regional Office, Waterways and Wetlands Program, 909 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

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