Hamlin again tables waiver for Shell project

HAZEL HURST – The Hamlin Township Board of Supervisors has again tabled a request for a waiver in its stormwater management ordinance for a Marcellus Shale gas well project.Penn  Environmental and Remediation (Penn E&R) of Pittsburgh is seeking the waiver for a project linked with a Shell well site off Detrick Road in Wetmore Township.According to Penn E&R, the project calls for the construction of a 100x100-foot pad for a “metering station” and a four-inch pipeline.The location of the proposed project is in Hamlin Township, about four miles from the intersection of Detrick Road and Route 6 adjacent to the Family Drive-In.The proposed “metering pad” would be built off Mead Run Road near an existing clearing for a National Fuel Gas pipeline right-of-way. The location is within the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) and Shell will be paying for any timber removed for the project.According to Penn E&R, Shell “intends to install and operate one or more natural gas gathering lines to support production from nearby Marcellus Shale wells.” The lines would be up to a foot in diameter, the engineers said.Penn E&R said the project would include the pipeline route, access roads, stormwater management and erosion and sediment controls.Penn E&R indicates that its request for a waiver in the township stormwater ordinance is justified because the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) would be addressing similar issues when it considers Shell's requests for permits for the project.The engineers also indicated that “compressor stations and other facilities as necessary” may be part of a permit application. The engineers said “earth disturbance” for the gravel pad and access road would be “minimal.”“Tree disturbance for this project will be minimized and regulated by the Allegheny National Forest,” the engineers said.Pick up a copy of the Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 edition of The Kane Republican for more.