MILFORD TWP. - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection plans a public hearing on a proposed compressor station modification on Schocopee Road in Milford Township.
Columbia Gas Transmission Company is seeking permission to increase the capacity of gas that flows through its pipeline with the installation and operation of two new Solar Centaur natural gas-fired compressor turbines and an emergency generator at the Milford Compressor Station.  
Compressor stations propel gas along the pipe.
In Milford, the Columbia-owned compressor station can send gas onto the Columbia Pipeline or connect the gas to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline.
But it is not big enough to push all the gas the market is demanding. That is why an increased capacity is requested.
A public hearing will be held for the purpose of receiving comments on the proposed air quality plan approval.
The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Monday Aug. 18 at Delaware Valley High School in Westfall.
Anyone wishing to provide the DEP with information that they believe should be considered prior to the issuance of a plan approval may submit the information to this address: Pennsylvania DEP Wilkes-Barre Regional Office, 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-1915.
Each written comment must contain: name, address and telephone number of the person submitting the comments; identification of the proposed plan approval No. 52-00001A and a concise statement regarding the relevancy of the information or any objections to the issuance of the plan approval.
Persons interested in commenting are invited to appear.
To develop an agenda for the hearing, the DEP requests that individuals wishing to testify submit a written notice of their intent.
The notice should be sent to Mark Wejkszner, Air Quality Program Manager, Department of Environmental Protection, Air Quality Program, Wilkes-Barre Regional Office, 2 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-1915.
The DEP will accept notices up to the day of the public hearing. Individuals who submit a notice of intent to testify will be given priority on the agenda.
If time permits, the DEP will allow individuals who have not submitted a notice of intent to testify to present their comments.
Each person will have up to five minutes to present testimony. The DEP requests written copies of testimony in addition to oral presentations.