The sixth hearing on the conditional water withdrawal by Centura was held at the Old Lycoming Township Fire Hall Wednesday. The hearing examined local zoning ordinances surrounding the Centura water withdrawal site at 3231 Lycoming Creek Road.
"Has there been any indication by Centura how they would negate any negative impacts to businesses or residents?" Old Lycoming Township Supervisor John Eck asked hydrologist Doug Cwient, of GeoServices, Ltd.
Cwient answered that the Susquehanna River Basin Commission has the "right and responsibility to monitor and modify pumping of water from withdrawal sites." Reports of water withdrawal activity are automatically sent to the SRBC for review.
Community Planning Consultant, Harry Roth, was called as an expert zoning and community planning witness by Centura attorney Kurt Williams to testify in favor of the water withdrawal by Centura. Roth affirmed that the conditional use permit granted to Centura is consistent with the land use ordinances in the municipality. Roth stated, "Apart from trucks entering or departing from the facility, the site would be rather invisible to most of the municipality," Roth said.
Joy Livermore, of Janet Avenue, is concerned the trucking of water on the Lycoming Creek Road could present a traffic and safety hazard for school bus routes.
According to Roth, the addition of a water withdrawal site would have less impact on the local neighborhood than a large retail operation and will not cause a undue nuisance to the neighborhood and "poses no risk to the public welfare." Furthermore, Roth stated, the water withdrawal is a "land use that is probably a welcome addition to this locale" considering its close proximity to Route 15.