Residents Voice Concern About Gas Pipeline Along Loyalsock Creek


LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP, LYCOMING COUNTY(WBRE/WYOU-TV) – The spotlight has been on Loyalsock Creek, as it recently won Pennsylvania’s 2018 River of the Year.

But now, the spotlight is shining on it for a different reason – one that area residents aren’t too happy about.

“I would like to see it protected. I’m asking that it be protected for the benefit of the people that live here and the people that visit here,” said Neighbor of Loyalsock Creek, Karen Frock.

This is Loyalsock Creek.

64 miles of water, flowing all the way from the West Branch Susquehanna River into Sullivan and Lycoming Counties.

“People do enjoy it and take advantage of kayaking and fly fishing, swimming,” said Co-Owner of Pier 87 Bar & Grill, Brad Russell.
“It’s quite a treasure for not only Loyalsock Township but for the entire community,” said Jeff Rauff from Loyalsock Township.
Now, a pending transaction is up in the air, whether a natural gas operator will clear cut 65 feet into surrounding forests of the creek, to add a pipeline.
“Do I want to look out on my property and see this? Absolutely not. And that is why this ad-hock disorganized heartfelt sincere group of neighbors has risen up,” said Homeowner. Barb Jarmoska.

Community members say this will affect the wildlife in the area.

“We probably have more animas han we do people and this is a big resource for hunting, fishing throughout our entire counties,” said Rauff.

The pipeline will also run right through residential areas..affecting property value.
“The reasons which we live here at the extreme natural beauty of this area,” said Frock.
“I’m kind of torn in between preserving the quality of the water here and preserving the quality of the water here and preserving the quality of views and progress at the same time.” said Russell.

Although nothin is set and stone, neighbors tell me this is something that will create a permanent scar on their beloved view.

“If this can be stopped, we are hoping to set the precedent,” said Jarmoska.

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