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New Sewickley Township [Pike Compressor Station vs. Kretschmann Farm] On July 23, 2014 New Sewickley Township, PA Board of Supervisors held a continuation public hearing to discuss concerns related to the issuance of a conditional use permit for the proposed Pike Compressor Station on Teets Road. Over 200 people came out to Big Knob Grange to hear officials speak from the gas companies Cardinal PA Midstream and PennEnergy Resources, and also to listen to the public's views and opinions. New Sewickley Township Board of Supervisors have 45 days from its private meeting held on Thursday, July 31st to decide whether or not to grant the permit.
UPDATE: On February 17, 2015, Beaver County Common Pleas Court denied the Kretschmanns of their appeal against the compressor station. Action TBA.
UPDATE: On December 24, 2014, Beaver County Common Pleas Court heard the appeal against the approval of the compressor station.
UPDATE: On October 28 and 29th, after the Zoning Hearing Board public hearings, the Kretschmann's agreed to drop their appeal challenging the substantive validity of Township Zoning Ordinance No. 162 and No. 194 -- permiting oil and gas development claiming they are unconstitutional and contrary to law. The Township will now be re-writing the zoning ordinances.
UPDATE: In September 2014, the Kretschmann's lawyer John Smith filed an appeal against the approval of the compressor station with the Beaver County Court of Common Pleas. TBA court date to follow.
UPDATE: On Thursday, August 14th, 2014 New Sewickley Township Board of Supervisors (Vice-Chairman Ross Jenny, Supervisors Greg Happ, John Nowicki and Dave Yeck) voted 4-0 (with Chairman Duane Rape abstaining) in favor of the conditional use application of Cardinal Midstream for the Pike Compressor Station. To watch the full July 23rd, 2014 public hearing goto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wn5UGXRz2_s Meet the Kretschmanns and their family farm: http://www.kretschmannfarm.com/ Kretschmann Farm Friends: https://www.facebook.com/kretschmannfarmfriends New Sewickley Township website: http://www.newsewickley.com/ Other news/media on the issue: PennEnergy Resources, LLC CEO Rich Weber weighing in on Marcellus Shale hype back in 2010: http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/blog/energy/2010/11/atlas-president-rich-weber-hypes.html Pittsburgh Post-Gazette coverage: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/west/2014/07/23/Beaver-County-farmer-says-Marcellus-copress/stories/201407220153 http://www.post-gazette.com/local/west/2014/07/24/New-Sewickley-residents-turn-out-to-oppose-gas-facility/stories/201407240211 http://www.post-gazette.com/local/west/2014/07/30/Post-Gazette-s-Sunshine-Law-appeal-denied-in-Beaver-County/stories/201407300201 http://hosted2.ap.org/PASCR/1a41edc3ac874a03ad014c13abd10d3e/Article_2014-07-20/id-d897cc5a7bf66deda5213465e3838c94 http://www.marcellusprotest.org/event_calendar/2014-07-23/hearing-compressor-station-proposed-near-farms http://www.pennenergyresources.com/ http://www.cardinalmidstream.com/