Why We Are Here...

Save The Allegheny is a regional environmental and citizen advocacy organization that formed in response to the lack of transparency by Coudersport Area Municipal Authority (CAMA) regarding their partnership with Epiphany Environmental to create a frac wastewater treatment plant to work in conjunction and alongside our local sewage treatment plant. CAMA chose to not include the public in this community transforming project. This is a cause to restore our rights.

We are working to improve our understanding of how this monumental undertaking to restructure our community occurred; explore its benefits and detriments, and share this information with the public as a community liaison using local, county, state and federal agency documented research and informational programs including Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), specifically the laws that regulate wastewater management and Publicly Owned Treatment Works or POTW’s, the term commonly used for sewage plants.

Of special concern is the proximity of the frac wastewater treatment facility to the Coudersport Area Elementary School, downwind one mile from leased site.

Save The Allegheny is a collaborated effort by volunteers seeking governmental and agency insight after CAMA refused to allow questions in its special meeting designated for that purpose.

Save the Allegheny

It all Began with a Proposal From JKLM...

Here's the link to slideshow for the CAMA, JKLM, Epiphany plan to dispose of frack waste at the headwater's of the Allegheny River.

CAMA's Letter of Intent, lease with Epiphany and more!

Here is the "Letter of Intent" which was signed by Epiphany and CAMA, May 23, 2016. Link Here

CAMA's signed lease & addendum is also available online.  Link here.

The deed for the Borough of Coudersport property, CAMA tried to lease to Epiphany is also online.Deed link here.

 

 

Did a Trojan Horse Just Enter the Scene?

August 2, 2017

Here is a copy of the current deed on file with the Potter County Register and Recorder. And it reflects the property CAMA's sewage plant sits upon belongs to the  "Borough of Coudersport." It belonged to the Borough of Coudersport since 1985.

CAMA  board members planned and negotiated for 15 months. Negotiations took place behind closed doors and the public did not have an oppertunity to review plans before CAMA entered into the lease agreement. CAMA simply refused to answer questions or address the many environmental, health and safety concerns that were raised before signing the lease. These lingering questions have gone unanswered. Economic and health concerns and those related to permitting, air quality, traffic and safety have also gone unaddressed.

There was no transparency during the process, no accountability and nobody on the CAMA board was willing to talk with the  area residents about their concerns. The public was simply cut out of the entire process.

And perhaps more importantly, not one CAMA board member contacted regulators at the North Central Regional Office of the Department of Environmental Protection to discuss the proposal  with the engineer and others whose jobs are to review waste treatment facility plans and permit applications.

CAMA's  discussions  began  in April of 2016, The following is a snip from the April CAMA Meeting Minutes:

(If viewing from a mobile device see page 2 here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hMAKEOQ3IxsK_KFiW-sZUp-Kgfnsx3DT1Tb0ZhPiQ4Y/edit )

 

And as planning progressed the Aug. 22, 2016 CAMA minutes indicate board members became aware CAMA did not own the property they were planning to lease to Epiphany. The following are snips from that meeting. Here is a link to the  meeting minutes:

( If viewing from a mobile device see Page 7 here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hMAKEOQ3IxsK_KFiW-sZUp-Kgfnsx3DT1Tb0ZhPiQ4Y/edit )

  

 

( If viewing from a mobile device see page 12 here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hMAKEOQ3IxsK_KFiW-sZUp-Kgfnsx3DT1Tb0ZhPiQ4Y/edit )

 The following are snips from November 22, 2016 CAMA minutes:

(It's important to note, Coudersport did not own the property until 1985.)  

After Aug, 2016 CAMA board members had to lubricate themselves in order to move around the elephant in the room.That  room also sits on Borough of Couderport's property.

CAMA seemingly ignored the little "ownership" detail. Instead continued planning and commited to invest in engineering, site prep, E&S  permit and gravel, plumbing and electrical to prepare land and leased to Epiphany, land that CAMA simply did not own.

All to benefit the wealthiest industry in the world.

(see page 7 here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwV75wo6lhJPTEJtSmRqUkJCVms/view?usp=sharing )

And In June 2017, CAMA's solicitor explained to the public,CAMA is  "three and a half million dollars in debt." And if they don't lease they need to raise sewage bills.  

People in the neighborhood of the proposed waste treatment facility and also someone who works for the county have repeated rumors, saying  a CAMA board member plans on purchasing the Signet land across the street from the sewage authority.There are no records on file at the deed office to back up these claims. And at this point they are just rumors. However if these rumors hold true and a CAMA member does purchase the property across the road from the sewer plant, it would open up an entirely different can of worms. And while the worms are being  scooped back into the can, Epiphany may decide to start over and try to change their plans and try to build their frack waste facility across the street.  

So now we wait to see who, if anyone jumps into bed with Epiphany while the spot that just opened up is still warm.

So don't crack open the champagne just yet!

 

 

JKLM Proposed Site For Their Waste Disposal is Core Biological Diversity Area