Township supervisors agreed to continue their legal battle against the West Rockhill compressor station last week, and an Upper Bucks group may soon follow suit.
“We’re definitely going to do something, but we’re trying to figure out what the best course of action would be,” said Cliff Cole, of the group Citizens for Clean Air. He declined to go into detail about the organization’s next legal moves.
Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board dismissed the six residents’ appeal of an April state Department of Environmental Protection decision to grant the air quality permit to Adelphia Gateway, but the group members, two of whom live across the street from the proposed facility on Rich Hill Road, are undaunted.
Cole said Tuesday the organization raised more than $2,000 at its most recent fundraiser to help pay its legal bills. It has set up a website at gofundme.com/f/no-compressor to assist with its campaign. “It’s amazing how many people are calling me,” he added, crediting recent media coverage.
One of the six plaintiffs in the residents’ appeal, Christine Shelly, said the road ahead would not be easy but thanked West Rockhill board members for “standing up for citizens’ right to clean air, water and the natural environment we have in Bucks County.”
The township could take its case to either Commonwealth Court or federal court. Manager Greg Lippincott said the board had no comment because it was an ongoing legal issue.
West Rockhill has outlined a litany of complaints against the proposed Adelphia Gateway facility, including its proximity existing and proposed homes, environmentally sensitive areas, and to a stone quarry ─ half a mile away ─ that conducts regular blasts. It also says the compressor station would violate the township’s zoning ordinance because it does not meet the minimum lot size for an F1 Utility Use and lacks an adequate buffer.