Pipeline route dominates Laflin council meeting

By Marcella Kester - For Times Leader | September 15th, 2015 4:00 pm

LAFLIN — Changes to a natural gas pipeline that will be running through parts of the borough was main topic of Monday’s borough council meeting.

Council and community members discussed the recent changes to the PennEast Pipeline project. The pipeline will begin in the Back Mountain and run through several local communities on its way to New Jersey.

Resident Bob Pinkos voiced his concerns for the changed route, which now places part of the line through a local stone quarry on East Saylor Avenue, owned by Jeffrey Popple of Popple Construction and Valley Stone Quarry.

“My concerns are with the placement of it and the blasting that happens at the quarry,” Pinkos said. “Wouldn’t that be some kind of safety concern?”

Pinkos questioned if residents near the area know the full details of the plans.

“There’s probably a lot of people that don’t exactly know what’s going on with this.”

Council President Paul Benderavich said that local residents near the line’s planned route received written notification of the changes.

Residents can get more information about the pipeline at the borough building.

By Marcella Kester

For Times Leader

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