Township witness counters Inflection growth report

Officials continued to present testimony this week at Loyalsock Township’s ongoing conditional-use hearing for Inflection Energy, which wants to construct a gas well at 2175 Warrensville Road.

Doug Keith, executive director of Williamsport Municipal Water Authority, was among those testifying.

He confirmed discussions between Inflection and the authority about the authority possibly transporting water to the well site via a pipeline.

While there had been discussions between the two, no contract had been signed yet, Keith said.

“We are more than willing to supply as much water to them as we can as long as it doesn’t interfere with our current customer base,” he said.

Garth Womer, township zoning and codes administrator, presented information that he said contradicts a report by Tom Shepstone for Inflection.

That report was created by using mapping software and census information that Shepstone said demonstrates there is little to no residential growth in the area of the proposed well site.

“In the past three years, the number of new dwellings and permits that were issued show that we have had a pretty steady growth in the area,” Womer said. “We are actively issuing permits for the developments in the area of the well site, like Hickory Hills and Greenview Commons.”

Womer also said that the most growth was occurring in the area of Warrensville Road.

No decision was made. The hearing will continue at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at the fire hall.