Ransom Twp. reviews PPL’s DEP permanent culvert application

By Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@civitasmedia.com | July 22nd, 2015 4:58 pm

RANSOM TWP. — Township supervisors reviewed a letter from Louis Berger Group at their July 20 meeting regarding a culvert permit application filed by PPL Electric Utilities with the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Krystal Harwick, PPL representative for the electric company’s Susquehanna-Roseland Line Project, a transmission line from Berwick to Roseland, New Jersey, outlined details of the application and answered questions from the board.

“We’re finished with restoration on the project and we’re in the process of going through DEP inspections and closing out permits where they’re necessary,” she said. “And so this letter from Louis Berger Group is certification to the local municipality that we’re filing a permanent culvert application.”

She explained a culvert is a large pipe which carries water under a road or driveway.

“There was a stream crossing off of Beacon Drive that we had to go over,” she said. “There was an existing culvert there that wasn’t really maintained at all, wasn’t permitted, so we filed a temporary culvert application for the construction of the project.”

She said the company’s restoration plan initially included removal of the culvert and reconstruction of the stream bed’s original contours. The property owner, however, requested the culvert be left in place, so as to maintain access to the rest of the property. So, PPL filed the application with DEP requesting permission to do so.

No action regarding the letter or application was required of the board and no other items were on the meeting agenda.

The next regular Ransom Township Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17 at the municipal building on Hickory Lane.

By Elizabeth Baumeister


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