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M A I NLI NE newspapers

Vol. 119 No. 2

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Cresson, Pa.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

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32 Pages

DEP halts Sunoco pipeline work due to ‘pattern of violations’

By Joshua Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

A major project that spans the entire state was shut down on Jan. 3. Sunoco Logistics’ construction of the Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline has been a serious topic of conversation over the last few years. Permits for the project were provided by the state Department of Environmental Protection in February 2017, and the work began not long after. The pipeline has garnered attention and complaints across its entire length,

which stretches from the Ohio border to the Philadelphia area, but not much prevented advancement of the line. In July 2017, a court order halted construction in certain sections of the project due to infiltration of the nontoxic slurry used to lubricate the directional drill head. The work was up and running again early in August after a settlement was reached. But according to DEP press secretary Neil Shader, the company has had an “overall pattern of violations” during the construction period that led to the

Lilly Borough appoints new council president

complete halt of development last week. “It’s not one singular incident,” Shader said. These violations are a handful of different actions ranging from unpermitted work to using the directional drilling technology in areas where it’s not approved. It also includes “inadvertent returns,” which is the infiltration of the slurry to waterways of the commonwealth. Shader said that though this mixture leaking into the water is nontoxic, it can still negative-

ly affect the natural habitats. The company has 30 days to submit documents about future construction to the DEP proving the details of the providing permits will be met from this point on. “We want to make sure Sunoco is going to follow the conditions laid out in the permits,” Shader said. However, there is no timeline for review by the DEP after the documents are submitted. This could potentially push the restart of construction back


By Joshua Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

As the completion of the Lilly Borough reorganization meeting came to a close, the council saw a change in leadership. Upon being nominated for the position of president, which he held the previous year, Richard Sweeney declined. Instead, councilman Bill Patterson was nominated and voted in as the president. Sweeney offered any help he could to Patterson in the years to come. Sweeney was then nominated for and accepted the position of vice president. The council then moved on to hear from the public during its regular meeting. The only comment came from Stuart Custer, who is purchasing the former borough building. “I mainly wanted to come and update you guys,” Custer said. He’s had some difficulty keeping in touch with the necessary parties to complete his end of the deal due to the holidays. Custer said he essentially has everyone in line to finish the business, but he is still waiting on others. “In the meantime, I was going to propose that I take over the utilities in the building,” Custer said. He assured the council that he will have the $25,000 needed to purchase the building, but he wanted to at least offer to pay the utilities the borough is currently paying. Instead of just getting the money for the purchase of the building, Custer wants to acquire another $25,000 for improvements to the structure and invest in the

Special visit

St. Francis University men’s basketball player Keith Braxton (middle) reads to Penn Cambria Intermediate students (from left) Aubree George, Jacob Bossler, Sean Rourke, and Avery Holland when the team visited the school on Jan. 9. Photo by Joshua Byers.

Wash. Twp. looks to file criminally for delinquent sanitation accounts SEE PRESIDENT, PAGE 5A

By Joshua Byers

of Mainline Newspapers

A question on penalties for lack of sanitation payments was brought up during Washington Township’s December 2017 meeting. The consensus of the board of supervisors was that solicitor Thomas Swope would further investigate the matter. A month later, at the January meeting, Jaime Hartline said he had spoken to Swope recently, but there wasn’t much movement on the issue as of yet. “[I] Checked with Tom [Swope] today, and he apologizes,” Hartline said. “He doesn’t have everything complete.” What Swope did convey to Hartline, though, is that there is currently coordination with the county district attorney’s office so that if the charges put forth

become criminal, the DA can support that. “He would like to go criminal,” Hartline said. “He said if it’s criminal and you charge it as a crime, then it’s theft of services. They will have to pay.” Supervisor Scott Guzic, who broached the topic at the November meeting, said that as far as he understood about the process the best way to recoup lost funds is to file criminal charges. Hartline added that Swope is still working on coordinating with the DA’s office. He’ll report back to the board once everything is in place. In other matters, supervisor Raymond Guzic Jr. presented an amendment to the motion that set the millage for 2018. Late in 2017, the supervisors approved an action to allot a quarter of a mill per fiscal quarter to the local ambulance service, Cambria Alliance EMS. During the approval, Raymond Guzic Jr. asked if the motion for the mills should reflect that decision. Scott Guzic asked if he wanted it list-

ed the same way as the fire company allotment, which is also .25 mils. Raymond Guzic Jr. said “yes.” Hartline amended his previous motion to reflect Raymond Guzic Jr.’s inquiry. The current millage rate is set at 7.25 mills for general purposes. Students 18-22 years of age who are attending school will be exonerated. Following that action, sanitation fees were set for the new year at $41 per quarter. Garbage pickup days are Thursdays. Additionally, the regular meetings for 2018 were set as the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. with the exception of July. The July meeting will take place on the second Wednesday, July 11. Office hours for Washington Township were set as Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the regular meeting, Hartline requested another amendment be made. While reviewing the minutes, he saw an inconsistency in the numbers reported as the funds Fuel SEE FILE, PAGE 6A

T e am p l ay e r

Penn Cambria sophomore Lora Davis provided eight points off the bench. Photo by Jake Oswalt.

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