Thursday, November 3, 2016

Jay Land water extraction operation in West Penn operating despite notice of permit violation causes neighbor's well to become unusable

About three weeks ago, a water extraction operation at #1 Fort Franklin Road in West Penn Township ramped up production despite the fact that a required Land Development Plan was never submitted and the township issued a Notice of Violation regarding same on March 2, 2015.   This operation is run by Jay Land, who also owns a similar operation a few miles away on Blue Mountain Drive.

The water tankers leaving this site are 40 to 50 tons, which far exceed the 15-ton recommended limit that resulted from a November 2015 engineering study commissioned by the township.

Neighbor's water FUBAR

 In the past week, a neighbor to #1 Fort Franklin Road had the insult of their water quality going to hell in addition to the nightmare of tractor trailer traffic at all hours of the night that they have experienced for the past three weeks.  Their water became muddy, dirty and foul smelling:

Honey, would you like to take a romantic soak tonight?

True Grit - a little iron in your diet will do you wonders

On October 18, 2016, West Penn Supervisor James Dean told this blogger that the Supervisors couldn't comment on what they were doing to insure the health, safety and welfare of West Penn residents, but to rest assured this was the highest priority of the supervisors.  I call Bull Shit.  This is the same supervisor who told a resident via voice mail on July 2, 2016 that a cease and desist order was being crafted against this operation.  Fool me once, fool me twice.  Actions speak much louder than words.

Next BOS meeting on November 7, 2016

The West Penn supervisors next regularly scheduled meeting is on Monday, November 7.  What will happen?  Will Mr. Land bathe the audience and supervisors with the usual raft of nonsensical mumbo-jumbo that is memorialized in countless BOS minutes of the past few years?  Will the supervisors tell residents that they are listening to their concerns, and then ignore them after each has spoken at the lecturn?  What about... the health, safety and welfare of the residents?  Does water quality fall under that?  The ability to pull into your road without risking a head on collision with a massive tanker that is parked totally in your lane facing you?  The road being destroyed by tankers nearly three times the weight the road can handle?

Health Safety and Welfare is the stated highest priority in West Penn Township

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