Pangburn Hollow Road erosion has Forward Township residents concerned
For some living along Pangburn Hollow Road in Forward Township, it seems like a triple whammy hit them.
At the Forward board of supervisors meeting on Monday, residents Maxine Phayer and Jim Williams expressed concern about erosion that began with last year's storms and was aggravated by rains last week.
“When (Allegheny County crews) put the rocks in, they said it would last forever,” Phayer said, pointing to where a retaining wall used to be along Perry Mill Run.
“That guide rail is just hanging there,” former township supervisor Tom Headley said.
The road is supposed to be under Allegheny County maintenance. However, as noted by Tom DeRosa, chairman of the Forward board of supervisors, “It's been bad for 10 years,” long before gas crews started using it.
But County Councilman Bob Macey, D-West Mifflin, said Pangburn Hollow will get an overhaul once other projects are completed.
“It's part of all the infrastructure that has to be completed before we completely rehab the road,” Macey said.
Phayer and Williams are neighbors along a stretch between a Sunoco Logistics pipeline being laid from Houston, Washington County, to Salem Township, Westmoreland County, and EQT's Oliver West drilling pad.
Water regularly fills the basement of Phayer's home from the hillside behind it. A sump pump kicks in every five minutes, sending a healthy stream into Perry Mill Run.
Township Solicitor Matt Racunas told Phayer that it already may be too late to seek out relief for the damage from last year's storms.
Phayer said debris is coming down the hill from EQT's site “and it never did before.”
Headley said erosion is a factor after trees were cleared for the drilling operation.
A stone's throw away, plates form a makeshift one-lane bridge over where the pipeline cuts across Pangburn Hollow.
It is part of what Sunoco calls Project Mariner East, an effort to deliver propane and ethane from Marcellus shale areas in Western Pennsylvania to the Marcus Hook facility on the Pennsylvania-Delaware border.
Sunoco Logistics is constructing a pipeline from MarkWest Energy Partners LP's Houston processing complex to an existing interstate pipeline in Salem.
DeRosa said he understood that work in the vicinity of Pangburn Hollow may continue for a month and a half.
Then, Macey said, milling and other work will be done.
“All we're trying to do is provide a methodical approach where (other companies) don't come back and dig into a freshly paved roadway,” said Macey, who chairs the public works committee on County Council. “It is frustrating but in the end we will have a better product.”
Some things have been done.
“You can see on the roadway where the new storm drains are put in,” Macey said. “You don't want to go any further until the other infrastructure is done.”
Trucks involved in the pipeline work have added to the traffic volume of a road used as well by EQT trucks.
EQT has 20-mph signs posted along Pangburn Hollow, but Williams said Sunoco trucks have been going 45 mph.
Police Chief Mark Holtzman said he talked to crew members on Tuesday, explaining the speed limit.
“They were more than happy to comply,” Holtzman said.
Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Dravosburg fire chief suggests establishing emergency business database
- Lincoln roadway reopens ahead of schedule
- Legislators receive committee assignments
- Local Catholic Schools Week celebrations include fun activities, community service
- West Mifflin Area board approves contracts with teachers union, business manager
- Use of police body cameras increases; Whitaker explores purchase
- Groups to offer help with health insurance sign-ups in Mon Valley
- West Mifflin Area sues Martell over continuing education credit costs
- Homestead business owner recalls similar fire 26 years ago
- Mon Valley groups celebrate King’s life, legacy
- Clairton, disaster readiness group to part ways