Girard residents concerned about gas line
By Jeanne Starmack
Residents who are worried about a natural-gas transmission line that will go through part of the Girard lakes property told council about their concerns.
The pipeline, which will transmit gas from Halcon well fields, would run 14 miles from Vienna to a fuel depot near rail lines in Lordstown. In Girard, the line would run west of the lower lake.
Council is considering an ordinance authorizing the city services director to enter into a pipeline right-of-way agreement with Halcon. The city will receive $150,500 for the right-of-way.
It had a second reading of the ordinance at its Monday meeting. A third and final reading will be scheduled.
Three people spoke Monday, asking council whether it considered the possibility of the pipe’s leaking or breaking.
The money will be gone in a few years, and the pipeline will still be there, one man pointed out.
Pat Hanley, who lives on Oak Street, said she is worried about contamination in a ravine and woods that are behind her house.
The ravine follows Squaw Creek.
“Gas pipelines ultimately break,” she told the council.
“We have a pristine ravine and a natural wildlife area behind our house,” she continued.
“What about protecting it? What will be done to protect the environment?” she asked.
Mayor James Melfi said the pipeline will cross “well north” of the ravine.
“We were as careful as we could be and asked questions,” said councilman Joe Shelby.
Melfi and council members said the line is near the property border, and it would have been right across the line if the city rejected Halcon’s proposal.
They said the city is at least getting compensated for the right-of-way.
City leaders have said the pipeline will not affect development of the lakes property or the potential refilling of the lower lake, which is now dry.