DORRANCE TWP. – Citizen oversight was among the issues discussed Monday at the fourth session of hearings by the supervisors in conjunction with a plan by Pennsy Supply Co. to shift its quarry operations from the north side of Small Mountain Road to the south side.
Asked by attorney William Higgs about allowing a citizens review delegation to conduct periodic inspections at the site, Patrick Bartorillo, Pennsy executive, said, "We have long worked with the township and its residents when it comes to accountability. We will reach out to the township again, but we won't allow any objectors on our site."
Higgs represents Kevin Casey, who lives close to the quarry and has been a major objector to the project. Higgs said he is asking that a cross-section of citizens be allowed to observe periodic safety testing and be made aware of any changes in use applications that Pennsy may seek.
Bartorillo repeated his firm will work with the township.
Higgs was extending a presentation that began at a session earlier this month. He continued to raise issues on permit applications, surface and underground water runoff and soil content in his questioning of Rick Caranfa, an engineer associated with Aiken Engineering of Shiremanstown. Caranfa designed mining and processing operations for Pennsy and has been offering sworn testimony on the specifics of the project.
.Higgs also lamented the absence of Robert Hershey, a hydrologist from State College, who has been retained by the supervisors to serve as an expert on hydrological, mining and conservation issues. When Higgs offered to put into the record a letter authored by Hershey, it was met with initial objection from George Asimos, counsel for Pennsy.
Higgs said the letter dealt with alleged changes in infiltration rates that were provided to the state Department of Environmental Protection during the permit process. Township Solicitor James Schneider, who serves as moderator at the hearings, permitted Higgs to question Caranfa on the contents of the letter. That produced a response from Asimos that Hershey's testimony is "now important."
Schneider said Hershey is scheduled to appear at fifth session scheduled for Sept. 13.