DEP moves location of public hearing to Slovan

At a MarkWest Liberty compressor station in Houston similar to one being built in Smith Township, noise levels are kept below 60 decibels. - Aaron Kendeall / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

The state Department of Environmental Protection has changed the location of a planned hearing on a natural gas compressor station in Smith Township.

The meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Barto Post 6553, 65 Run St., Slovan.

The meeting originally was scheduled to take place in the Smith Township municipal building.

John Poister, DEP community relations coordinator, said the change was made to accommodate a larger crowd. Smith Township officials “singled out the VFW hall, which I had not known about,” Poister said. “We decided that was the best thing to do.”

Poister said while the Smith Township municipal building had the capacity to hold a large number of people, the number of steps made accessibility an issue. The VFW building also has a larger parking lot.

At 6:30 p.m., an open house segment will feature MarkWest representatives giving a presentation outlining the changes they’re requesting to the existing two-engine compressor station, which is near Route 22 in Smith Township.

MarkWest hopes to expand that station to as many as eight engines to meet demand.

Members of the public are encouraged to give five-minute presentations during the testimony portion of the hearing at 7:30 p.m.

The public testimony segment is open to the public. Those interested should call Poister at 412-442-4203. Only people who are registered will be allowed to present.

Written statements can be sent by those who cannot attend. Letters should be sent to Alan Binder, Pa. DEP Bureau of Air Quality, Southwest Regional Office, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Mail must be postmarked by May 11.

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