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The process of approving a salt dome storage plan for natural gas near Crowville requires a "scoping" meeting to allow the public to offer comments on the proposal.
That meeting is scheduled next Tuesday at the Crockett Point Baptist Church near Crowville at 7 p.m. with the deadline for comments a scant nine working days later on July 27.
Few members of the general public have any knowledge of the proposed project.
Tuesday's meeting is touted as an aid to the staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which will create an "environmental assessment" of the planned facility, "in its decision-making process to determine whether the project is in the public convenience and necessity."
Documents issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission indicate the gas storage facility will be constructed just west of Crowville and connect with pipelines running roughly along State Highway 17 northeast to near the Delhi airport. The project is proposed by Perryville Gas Storage LLC
The public will have an opportunity to view the site, and the proposed pipeline routes during a afternoon tour prior to the evening meeting next Tuesday. The tour meets at 1 p.m. at the church.
Landowners of property where the site is proposed and along the pipeline routes, may have been contacted, "by a pipeline company representative about the acquisition of an easement to construct, operate and maintain the proposed facilities," according to the document which announced the meeting.
Once completed, the project will be able to store a total of 15 million cubic feet of natural gas in two salt caverns. About 160 acres of land will be needed, in total, for the project.
The environmental assessment is to consider, according to the announcement, the following general topics: geology and soils, land use, water resources, fisheries and wetlands, cultural resources, vegetation and wildlife, air quality and noise, endangered and threatened species, hazardous waste and public safety.
The project lists the following facilities would make up the Crowville Gas Storage Project:
* two 7.5 billion cubic feet working gas capacity natural gas storage caverns connected to 1,000 feet of utility corridor for an 8-inch diameter freshwater pipeline, an 8-inch diameter brine pipeline, a 14-inch diameter natural gas pipeline and a permanent access road;
* A 24-inch diameter pipeline of 2.6 miles and a 36-inch diameter pipeline of 11.8 miles to two different gas transmission company pipelines;
* one 9,500 horsepower compressor station and multi-purpose buildings;
* leaching facilities with 0.8 mile of 20-inch diameter brine pipeline and 14-inch diameter freshwater pipeline connecting to three brine settling ponds;
* two 20-inch diameter brine disposal pipelines, 2.3 and 0.9 miles, connecting to five brine disposal well pads; and
* about ten access roads, a storage area and four freshwater supply wells.
The Regulatory Commission's announcement document lists several ways for the general public to make comments, including the preferred method of electronic.
However, any comments must be received by July 27.
Any Franklin Sun reader interested in additional information about commenting can contact the Sun at 435-4521.