The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency announced this afternoon it has scheduled five public information sessions/hearings to discuss compressor stations that would be built in Carroll, Crawford, Defiance, Harrison, Monroe, Noble and Wayne counties to move natural gas along the proposed Rover pipeline.
One will be in northwest Ohio, on June 22 inside Defiance College's Schomburg Auditorium, 701 North Clinton St., Defiance.
Four others precede that one, starting June 14 at Monroe Central High School in Woodsfield, Ohio. That session has been called to simultaneously discuss proposed compressor stations in Monroe and Noble counties.
A June 21 hearing inside Harrison Elementary Barr Memorial Gymnasium in Scio will likewise be used to discuss two compressor stations, ones in Harrison and Carroll counties.
All meetings start at 6 p.m.
If the hearings are anything like one held March 16 in Waterville Primary School in Waterville, they should be humdingers.
The March 16 hearing on a proposed compressor station near Waterville for a different pipeline, one planned by NEXUS Gas Transmission, Inc., drew more than 600 people. THE BLADE/Lori King
That hearing, for the proposed NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline, drew a feisty, standing-room-only crowd of more than 600 people, many of them public officials.
The turnout was made even more amazing by the fact the Ohio EPA didn't initially plan to schedule one for the Waterville area because it wasn't sure there was enough interest.
Below's the hearing schedule:
Rover Clarington in Beallsville (Monroe Co.) and Rover Seneca in Summerfield (Noble Co.): June 14, Monroe Central High School, 469 Lewisville Rd., Woodsfield
Rover Mainline CS3 in Chatfield Township (Crawford Co.): June 15, Buckeye Central High School, 938 S. Kibler St., New Washington
Rover Mainline CS2 in Wooster (Wayne Co.): June 16, OARDC’s Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster
Rover Cadiz in Cadiz (Harrison Co.) and Rover Mainline CS1 in Sherrodsville (Carroll Co.): June 21, Harrison North Elementary Barr Memorial Gymnasium, 322 W. Main St., Scio
Rover Defiance in Defiance (Defiance Co.): June 22, Defiance College Schomburg Auditorium, 701 North Clinton St., Defiance
The Ohio EPA said people may testify at the hearings or submit comments in writing to the agency.
Copies of draft permits and information on how to submit comments (including deadlines) are available online at http://epa.ohio.gov/pic/roverpipeline.aspx or by contacting Ohio EPA’s Public Interest Center at 614-644-2160.
The Ohio EPA said permits would allow the installation and operation of equipment associated with compressor stations at each respective site. Air permits are required because compressor stations air pollution.
The agency said it does not have authority over siting, eminent domain, setbacks, noise levels, traffic congestion, pipeline safety, zoning, impacted property values, and other issues.
An Ohio EPA fact sheet detailing the Agency’s role in issuing air permits and considerations related to natural gas compressor station emissions can be viewed online at http://epa.ohio.gov/Portals/47/nr/CompressorStations.pdf.