Bethlehem Press

Monday, December 11, 2017

Board awaiting word on pipeline, wind projects

Monday, October 2, 2017 by Nate Jastrzemski njastrzemski@tnonline.com in Local News

Authority board members and administrators spent much of the Sept. 14 meeting discussing refinancing and the rest attending to typical business, but news regarding big projects such as the PennEast pipeline and Carbon County wind energy project is still up in the air.

Board President John Tallarico, regarding the pipeline, said only that Executive Director Steve Repasch had recently met with PennEast’s “technical people,” but what revelations there may have been from that meeting were left for a closed-door session.

Meanwhile the wind energy project is awaiting judgement from a two-and-a-half hour argument Aug. 22 between Atlantic Wind attorneys – who are fighting for the project – and county and local officials, who are against it.

The board is also entering a water emergency study, having just accepted bids from six companies. Repasch said the proposals range from $35,000 to $88,000 compared with a budgeted $70,000. He, Tallarico, city Water Resources Director Ed Boscola and several others are now reviewing the proposals to choose the preferred two or three before making a final decision.

The next meeting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at city hall.