MYERSVILLE — Myersville officials uncovered problems with a new sewer line that was the result of work to construct a gas compressor station for Dominion Transmission Inc. in the western Frederick County town.
But a company representative said Tuesday that Dominion will do what needs to be done to fix the problem at its own expense.
Through a public information request, Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community, the grass-roots group that has fought to keep the compressor station out of the community, found "reports that portions of the new sewer line are unacceptable and repair would require extensive preparation, permitting, and organization."
MCRC Vice President Ann Nau said the group is concerned about the work being done at the site.
"If this is the quality of work being conducted by DTI and its contractors, then the citizens of Myersville are rightfully concerned," she said.
When an old sewer line was replaced with a new line, DTI dug it back up to install its new gas line underneath the line, Town Manager Kristin Aleshire said. Everything was put back in place, Aleshire said, but when the line was televised for final acceptance, a sag was found, and where the manhole and sewer line should have been tightly sealed, they were separated.
"Dominion has accepted taking corrective action and is working with the town to do so," Aleshire said.
Dominion Energy Communications Director Jim Norvelle said the company is aware that Myersville's newly constructed sewer pipe needs to be repaired, and it will be repaired at the company's cost.
"DTI realizes its obligation and will make and pay for the necessary repairs," Norvelle said. "Upon completion, the town will have a new section of plastic sewer pipe, a new manhole and the known location of its waterline."
At Tuesday's public meeting, the Town Council directed Aleshire to send a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission indicating Myersville's desire that Dominion take corrective action in the sewer line deficiency before the gas compressor station becomes operational.
The letter will also state that Myersville may not be able to issue approval of use and occupancy for the project until the sewer line is repaired, Aleshire said.
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