Minutes were recorded for the meeting on September 12th, 2018 at the Great Valley High School Library,
225 N. Phoenixville Pike, Malvern, PA 19355. Meeting was held from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Attendees were Pete Goodman, Carol Armstrong, Richard Findlay, Veda Maany, Daniel Walker, Greg Nesspor
and guest Michael Churchill.
The meeting was called to order with Pete Goodman as the Chair.
Minutes of Previous meeting: These had been previously circulated and reviewed electronically.
Findlay made a motion approve the minutes and Armstrong second that motion.
- Pete Goodman opened the discussion regarding Adelphia Gateway Project pipeline township responses
to date, and next steps. Pete and Michael are both intervenors. There has been minimal response to date from Adelphia
to our questions and concerns, particularly safety issues around the 2 blowdown valves. A citizen’s risk assessment
has concluded that a valve site has the highest risk for explosion. Other concerns are related to the noise levels
and substances potentially released into the environment. A solution could be alternative sites for the blowdown valves.
There is also the issue of the recent heavy rainfalls and erosion affecting the environmental impact of the pipeline.
Also, there is the question of the integrity of the existing pipeline to safely support volatile gasses when originally
designed to transport oil 40 years ago. At this point in time, we concluded that it may be best to continue our communicative
efforts to FERC and Adelphia on as individual basis as well as a group effort. We have had our notice published on
the township website but additionally we can reach out to affected residents, especially those within 500 yards of
the pipeline, and provide further guidance and streamline letter writing assistance with a sample letter laying out
these technical questions. Also Lynda Farrell from Pipeline Safety Coalition is planning to hold a seminar in East
Goshen Township to organize efforts. Senator Dinniman has also been collecting information and making sure there is
regulatory examination. We concluded that our involvement with the Adelphia pipeline issues should not be conceived
as “anti-pipeline” but rather, as our duty to protect our residents and environment ensuring that the project and
construction is completed in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. If we cannot get answers from Adelphia
before they proceed then can we ask the township to assist with legal counsel? We should also find out what Mark Thompson
wrote as an intervenor. Goodman will meet informally with the Board to discuss this further. Pete will also draft
the sample letter with bullet points for residents to use as a reference. Michael Churchill suggested asking simple
questions, such as What is lifetime expectancy of this pipeline and how much does risk of corrosion increase– when
do you need to start replacing it? Contact Linda to see if we can get this out with the next newsletter.
- Findlay reports the results of for Eagle Scouts projects poll – there was a 50% vote for buffer
repair and 30% vote for bank erosion project. Richard offered to be the contact person for Scouts to contact to initiate
- Armstrong reports that she has not received any responses from PJ Whelihans’ restaurant after sending out 2 emails
regarding education on single use plastics. We concluded that Walker and Armstrong will form a subcommittee
to continue these educational efforts to local business in the township, and approaching The Office to see
if they are interested.
- With regards to the turnpike sound wall, Goodman is organizing a meeting on the 17th
of Sept. with a small group of 6-10 people to create a steering committee including Moskovitz (from GVA committee
on sound walls), the Stevens, and Dan. The BoS have stated that they would like to be kept informed of updates and
would support efforts appropriately. Proximity to the turnpike can result in a 20% reduction on the value of your
property. Also, would like to prohibit Jake-brakes– other areas apply a fine for using them.
- We will create a subcommittee to contact Vicki Laubach and GVWA to begin planning and grant preparation of
riparian buffer along Pigeon Creek on Brightside Farm to improve stream health. Subcommittee needs to bring
this to the BoS for their approval. Goodman points out the plot across Yellow Springs Road from the farm is open space
and has the creek in it as well that should be involved.
- We will take an unofficial poll on Charlestown day to see what topics would engage residents the most to create
our Resident Environmental Education Series.
- We reviewed materials for EAC table at Charlestown Day. Volunteers are Armstrong, Findlay, Goodman
and Maany. We hope to solicit new members for the EAC
- Findlay has still not received a response from PennDOT regarding information on the herbicides and
the locations of their application within the township. A letter will be drafted and forwarded to Linda for BoS approval
to send out to PennDOT district manager stating our concerns on behalf of the township. We have list of chemicals
but don’t know which ones they use.
- For this quarterly (October) township newsletter. Findlay will submit an article on Septic systems
and Goodman will draft the sample letter with bullet points regarding the Adelphia pipeline (see above- topic 1).
- Two EAC-initiated project for next 6+ months will be the rehabilitating the Brightside Farm riparian
buffer and naming streams. We will make an action plan after confirming what streams/tributaries are already officially
named. We are entertaining a November township field trip to familiarize ourselves with the streams in the township.
Township Manager: Csete & Armstrong will attend County Recycling Meeting on 9/13.
Board of Supervisors– There was a discussion about the EAC appointing a tree tender leader and recruit
volunteers to care for trees. This requires much maintenance beyond what we can offer, however, we could offer to interview
contractors for them or try to find some local company. We can also offer to review any contracts that are proposed
with a tree company. Another suggestion from Bos also is requesting the help with mosquito control due to excess water
like installing Bat houses– this could be a scout project as well.
We agree to have an EAC table at the Charlestown precinct on election day, as suggested by Michael
Churchill. We will discuss further at our next meeting.
Meeting was adjourned at 8 pm.