Now, a company named Ringgold Acquisition Group II LLC (RAG II) and also owned by Land, has commenced commercial water extraction only two miles down Blue Mountain Drive at its intersection with Fort Franklin Road. Like his other operations, Land has attracted the ire of neighbors who are fed up with heavy truck traffic, noise, and the threat that their water supplies will be affected. Since approximately October 7, 2016, water tankers estimated to hold 6500 gallons each and weigh 40 tons have been observed to be leaving the Fort Franklin Road site at the rate of about 40 tankers a week, or 37,100 gallons a day. They turn right onto Blue Mountain Drive, and then make a sharp right onto Route 309 South (red circle above). Citizens and authorities have followed the tankers to Niagara Bottling Inc in Fogelsville, PA
There are some key differences in the new operation at Fort Franklin Road, however. Let's look at them one at a time:
1. RAG has not obtained required permits from the DEP or Delaware River Basin Commission to operate a commercial water extraction operation. It is believed that they haven't even applied for these permits. A water bottler can't accept water from a non-DEP permitted supply. Mr. Land has stated at a BOS meeting that he would not sell water to a bottler until such time that he obtained these permits.
6. RAG tankers are travelling onto the dirt shoulder of Blue Mountain Drive, which is not only illegal and extremely unsafe (see #3 above), but will destroy the pavement at the transition. Mr. Land's company MC Resource Development "generously" donated $6000 towards the road fund as reported here. Whoa daddy, that will fill a couple of potholes until your tankers cause the patches to fall out.
in #3 above. Note cracked pavement - it won't be there long at this rate
caused the damage.
9. On July 2, 2016, West Penn BOS Chairman James Dean informed a resident that the Zoning Officer was drafting a Cease and Desist Order against RAG. This order was never issued. Why not?