HARRISBURG — Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) today wrote to Pennsylvania Environmental Protection Secretary Christopher Abruzzo, calling for an immediate investigation into the Chapin Dehydration Plant, located in Monroe Township, Wyoming County. Fire crews were called to the scene Monday night while plant workers worked to relight a flare used to evaporate moisture inside.
According to officials from the Department of Environmental Protection, the flare is one of the final steps of natural gas dehydration. During the process, glycol is heated in order to eliminate moisture from the natural gas.
“People who live near this plant are very concerned,” Boback said. “One constituent claims to have been awakened to see smoke rising from the plant, which caused an intense odor.”
Boback’s letter calls for a complete investigation and inspection of the plant to ensure the safety of residents.
“This is the fourth shut-off at this plant in the past three months,” Boback said. “Enough is enough. Residents need to feel safe and secure in their homes.”