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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Public Urged to Attend Meeting of the Ulysses Township Supervisors

Public Urged to Attend Meeting of the Ulysses Township Supervisors

A recently organized advocacy group, the Triple Divide Caretakers, urges the public to attend the next scheduled Ulysses Township Supervisors’ meeting on February 13th at 6:30 PM. The Caretakers group hopes to discuss the proposed Headwaters Water Reclamation, LLC, wastewater treatment facility with the supervisors. The Ulysses Township Planning Commission has already approved the project, and the township supervisors will likely be voting on it at the meeting next week, which will be held in the large meeting room of the Potter County Solid Waste Authority Building on Rte 49 just north of Gold.

There are various concerns that should be discussed in a public forum. Shale gas waste is known to be radioactive, and the company proposing this facility is using technology that so far does not seem to be independently tested. While the recycling of shale gas waste water is important, this particular industrial waste facility will be built within an Exceptional Value watershed at the headwaters of Luddington Run, a tributary of the Genesee River, in an agricultural and residential area, not an industrial one.

Currently, there is little drilling activity in Potter County, so why here? Why now? Will the county be receiving waste from other counties and states?

HWR, LLC, is a subsidiary of REVH2O, LLC, a company that also distributes an on-site, mobile treatment system, Sionix, which states on its own website, "Costly and risky transportation of these highly toxic wastes no longer need(s) to cross the busy highways and byways of rural America threatening told and untold catastrophes." http://www.sionix.com/applications/oil-gas

In December 2012, the area of Potter County where the proposed facility will be built was designated by PA DEP and the EPA as an Environmental Justice Zone, which requires that the public be a part of the planning and development of waste facilities. However, according to Pat Brennan, Program Manager of DEP’s Waste Management Division office in Williamsport, the registration for a General Permit was received from Headwaters Reclamation, LLC, in the summer of 2012, well before the Environmental Justice designation was announced in December. After the General Permit has been issued, DEP is not required to hold a public hearing or meeting and declines now to do so.

Apparently, the supervisors’ meeting will be the only chance for the citizens of Ulysses Township and the rest of Potter County to voice their concerns and ask questions about the facility before a decision-making body. Triple Divide Caretakers hope that a civil and informed discussion will benefit the county and those most directly impacted in the Ulysses area. The public has learned about this project from reports in the local papers, but, until now, hasn't been invited to the discussion. Please attend. For more information, go to www.tripledividecaretakers.org .

21 comments :

Anonymous said...

No bitching if you don't show!

Anonymous said...

Here we go AGAIN!! Who's the 'ring leader' of this gamg??

Anonymous said...

February 5, 2013 at 2:30:00 PM
Hoopes

Anonymous said...

Write a email to our Senator, asking him to attend this meeting or send someone who can attend.

jscarnati@pasen.gov

Anonymous said...

No. Not Jim.. Same 'gang' that stirred up the wind farm mess!!! They're at it again!

Anonymous said...

This event might interest big media. Supervisor asks frackers to bring millions of gallons of frack waste to own town.

Anonymous said...

As one of the "gang" referred to above, I can assure you that I had nothing to do with bringing this to anyone's attention. I was relieved to see others involved this time. I hope the citizens of Ulysses Township can have their say. It's our homes, our environment, and our lifestyle that are at stake here. We have a right to speak and have our concerns addressed by our elected officials.

Anonymous said...

How many Potter County residents are members of this organization. Just sayin'
Good old Ulysses Township basically secceded from Potter County because they wanted to have all their own regulations. At the same time, vested interests as well as one extremely biased wacky windbag "survivor" on the new township planning commission filled the void at the township level.
So now you have a township with all the control over this stuff and run by a, well, "interesting" cast of characters.
Democracy in action? Ha. That's a good one. Thanks a lot Ulysses Township for selling your citizens down the creek.

Anonymous said...

It is good to think that a trip to the Ulysses Township supervisors meeting will do any good but in reality you will be wasting your time. Hears why:
The people voting on the matters, the township supervisors, are the very ones set to profit. The supervisors also hand picked and appointed the Ulysses township planning commission who has already approved this fracking treatment plant. The vote will be over in seconds and the plant will be approved.

Anonymous said...

6:29:00 PM There may not be many people opposing this now, but it's still early in the game don't call the winner yet! It's not impossible to stop this at any stage, even after construction is completed.

Anonymous said...

you can go to the township and make life rotten for the two supervisors that have nothing to do with this project and will not make a penny. the fact of the matter is if this company has all of there permits there is nothing that a township or county can do there hands are tied that is the way local goverment really works.as for haveing there own planning commission the county still looks at all plans and gives there comments I think each body uses the same type of oridance.you really need to go higher than local goverment theirs not much that can be done at this level.

Anonymous said...

Bring the project to Austin we'll take it! JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!

Frank M. said...

Of course, this is a huge issue to the residents of the township. I have no idea who the group urging attendance at the Feb. 13 meeting is, and while I applaud them for their interest in bearing witness to township shenanigans, those attending should know that you'll have an opportunity to voice your opposition and speak your mind. But also know that this is most likely a done deal. Sad to say, but the Supervisors in this township are bought and paid for. They have zero interest in the well-being of the citizens and taxpayers. I live in a neighboring township and have observed this over a number of years. Truly sad.

Anonymous said...

Remember water runs down hill.... Sorry SUCKERS!

Anonymous said...

Hey Frank, the Ulysses Supervisors and the Planning Board ARE ULYSSES TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS....hello...they DO have an interest in the township..THEY LIVE HERE. Stick to your own township issues..Ulysses Township can handle this just fine.

Anonymous said...

Ship that crap to Austin. They have a nice big sturdy dam to hold thw waste water. After all that was built to code right?

Anonymous said...

The Ulysses Township supervisors have more power that the county or state in their township. People have always taken this position to better their own wallets for years without any one giving it a second glance, because the main thing they did was take care of the roads. This group of supervisors took the position to a new level by establishing their own planning commission, building codes, sewer permits and succeeding from the county just to pad their own pockets with big dollar (for themselves) projects. They could vote this down, but they won't. Personal greed is in their eyes, they care nothing for the residents of today or in the future.

Anonymous said...

The Ulysses Township Planning Board and Supervisors ARE RESIDENTS OF THE TOWNSHIP and their interests are for their homes/properties, too. If you can do any better, step up and volunteer to serve on either board. Doubt if you'll do that and face the crap that they have to endure while trying to better the Township.

Anonymous said...

To poster 8;40

Who are you trying to kid. The Ulysses township planning commission was hand picked for there puppet vote. Each individual that was picked for the board is in cahoots with the Supervisors. There is nothing in any one of them that gives a damn about the township. I t is just a vehicle to the gold at the end of the rainbow.

Anonymous said...

The Ulysses Township Planning Board and Supervisors put the vested interest's of the Hoopes above the rest of Ulysses residents.

Anonymous said...

The only thing a township can do is regulate what the state says.If the state issues all permits then the township has to approve a project that is the way it is.By the way I dont see the supervisors getting to rich on there elected jobs.Its time for someone to step up and run for supervisor election time is just around the corner and its hoopes turn