Keep a natural gas plant from being constructed in a small rural community in Kentucky.

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Background

Hellervik Oilfield Technologies based in Fargo, North Dakota has begun construction on a natural gas processing plant located in the heart of a rural residential community in Edmonson County, KY.


Approximately two years ago, Hellervik first pursued purchase of a failed ATMOS plant in Rocky Hill, Kentucky. This plant had an enormously negative impact in the community when it was operational. Residents played a key role in the closure of this facility. The community stood together and resisted reopening of this plant in the community. ATMOS dismantled the plant and donated the land to the Rocky Hill Volunteer Fire Department.


Hellervik then pursued a 9-acre parcel in the Edmonson County Industrial Park that was also unsuccessful.


On August 15, 2016, Hellervik posted the following on its website:


Hellervik Oilfield Technologies is planning to locate a 5 million cubic feet per day natural gas processing plant on a densely wooded 127-acre site located approximately 7 miles east of the Bowling Green city limits on HWY 31W frontage parcel. This site ensures that the plant will not be visible or audible to any residential parcel in Edmonson County. Hellervik has worked hard to address the concerns voiced by the community regarding the gas plant which previously operated near Rocky Hill.

Hellervik also held a town hall meeting in August, in which they again did not disclose the location of the property. They stated that the plant would be located in the county, just off of 31-W, about halfway between the Bowling Green City limits and the Edmonson Industrial Park. A Hellervik Representative said the proposed location is a 127-acre densely wooded area that will house the plant right in the middle of the property.

Excavation recently began, and most folks in the community had no idea what was happening until it was complete and reported by the local news media. The proposed location is NOT right in the middle of a 127-acre densely wooded area. It is located right off the highway with residents living very close just to the east and west. Most of the wooded area as described is to the north of the proposed site. The closest residents, a disabled gentleman and his wife, live less than 500 feet from the proposed location, with the site actually being visible from their home.

 

We ask for you to sign this petition and for your support for the following key reasons:

• The processing plant is located in close proximity to many residents (some with small children) and a place of worship. This physical location poses a threat to the health and safety of these residents.
• Potential changes in Ambient Noise Levels, and Peak Noise Levels will negatively impact the community.
• Property Values will be impacted putting further financial burden on residents.
• The processing facility would put pressure to conduct more exploration and possibly have further negative impact that could introduce even more health and safety risks.

 

On multiple occasions, Hellervik has given the impression that they want to be good community neighbors. We, the people of the community, ask that Hellervik maintain that commitment by taking the following actions:

Move the proposed location away from residential properties in an area where it can have benefit for land owners with gas wells and have no negative impact and significantly less risk on any community.
• Conduct a comprehensive study and provide report to the community addressing the items listed below. Provide resolution for any unacceptable results.

 Blast Radius (in the event of an explosion, the distance from the explosion that the fire consumes)
 Thermal Radiation (in the event of fire)
 Chemical Pollution
 Noise Pollution
 Air Quality
 Environmental Impact

• Maintain a proactive approach and work openly with the community to address any and all issues that arise before the plant is operational.



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