The Cecil Township Board of Supervisors has again requested a meeting with the state Department of Environmental Protection to discuss concerns over the former Worstell Impoundment operated by Range Resources, as well as chemical testing at the site in light of a nearby “significant leak” at another company frack pit.
In early July, the board authorized the action. In a letter obtained by Marcellus Monitor dated July 10 sent to DEP Secretary Christopher Abruzzo, Cecil Township Manager Don Gennuso wrote:
“Odor, noise, dust and traffic are the most common complaints, but a growing number of residents have expressed concerns relative to the impoundment’s construction. The board shares the residents’ concerns with the recent news reports surrounding problems at the John Day impoundment in Amwell Township.”
The letter references local news reports about the situation, which raised concerns from DEP about “how Range did not find evidence of a problem earlier and why leak detection monitors on site did not alert the company of a breach in the liner.”
The letter then goes on to state that these concerns and news stories has “led residents and the board to question conditions at the Cecil Township #23 Impoundment because it is believed to have been constructed in the same manner and around the same time, ‘being the same vintage’ as the John Day Impoundment.”
The Cecil Township Board of Supervisors takes their jobs as elected officials seriously and strive to ensure that they are protecting and preserving the health, safety and welfare of their residents.
“To accomplish this goal, the board respectfully asks that a representative from the DEP meet with board members to discuss conditions at the Cecil Township #23 Impoundment in addition to the DEP directing an independent testing lab to conduct soil and water tests at the impoundment in the coming weeks.”
Gennuso closed by quoting department spokesman John Poister, who had told a local newspaper in 2013 – after the township had requested and was denied a public meeting with the agency over previous concerns at the pit– that the board has, to date, not heard from anything from the DEP.
He requested that a representative from DEP call him as soon as possible to set up the meeting and start the process of completing the chemical testing.
Gennsuo requested a representative from DEP contact him to set up a meeting time.