Wednesday, September 02, 2015
NorCo's Open Space Advisory Board Out of Touch
Nobody seriously disputes that it's coming. But what should have Northampton County residents concerned is the Bethlehem watershed, which supplies 115,000 people in Northampton County. The latest PennEast route takes it across that watershed at two locations. Bethlehem, the Bethlehem Authority, Lower Saucon Township and Hanover Townships have all agreed to send letters to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) about this route. My guess is that Bethlehem Township will add its voice as well.
But Mineo expressed no concern about its impact on our drinking water. He instead railed about its passage along steep slopes that are conserved in Williams Township. He complained about PennEast re-routing from a path along St. Luke's Hospital without giving "the same type of attention" to land in the middle of nowhere.
I personally believe the County should add its voice to the municipalities expressing concern about the Bethlehem watershed. I see this as the single most pressing issue about the pipeline. Mineo completely disregarded that while making a pitch for rocks and boulders.
The Open Space Advisory Board is out of touch. Though I've just criticized Mineo for his lack of perspective, I respect his zeal and knowledge. But to be effective, the Open Space Advisory Board needs members who are a bit more open-minded.
There are currently two vacancies.
Care to apply?