Wyoming County and Dallas Township EMA directors Gene Dziak and Alan Pugh, respectively, addressed concerns Tuesday about an incident at a PVR Partners LP natural gas dehydration station in Monroe Township last month during the Dallas Township supervisors meeting on July 16.
The facility, located on state Route 309 across from the Beaumont Inn, is part of a natural gas pipeline running through Wyoming and Susquehanna counties and connects to the Transco interstate pipeline in Dallas Township.
The incident, which involved the release of condensation vapor from on-site tanks, was due to a valve malfunction, said Dziak. Several residents said they were worried about the possible health effects of the vapor, which contained brine solution and methane.
Dziak assured the residents that, because methane rises, the incident did not pose a risk.
Township Supervisor Frank Wagner and Kunkle Fire Chief Jack Dodson said there needs to be better communication between PVR and the community, especially in possible emergency situations.
Dziak said communication between PVR and Wyoming County has greatly improved since the first incident in November, but added the company needs to improve its community outreach efforts. “To me, it’s about the health, safety and well-being not only of Wyoming County, but of Dallas Township,” he said. “That’s why I’m here.”
In other business, Supervisor Liz Martin said Ann Hutchinson of the Natural Lands Trust office in Media will visit the township next month to speak about the Growing Greener initiative and how it might be applied to future development in the township.
More information about the presentation will be announced in the near future.