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NEWS Cape Gazette TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 5 Utilities Continued from page 1 A map indicating the proposed pipeline's route shows-it running along the coast and branching inland at Bethany Beach adjacent to Route 54A, until connecting which a branch along Route 54, connecting Fenwick Island and Selbyville. Jeffrey R. Tietbohl, vice presi- dent of Chesapeake Utilities' Delaware Division, said it's too soon to know exactly how the extension would be routed. He said there are several dis- tribution points that could be use to connect the Lewes-area pipeline to Bethany Beach and points south. Chesapeake Utilities began providing natural gas in Mil- ton in 200 in Georgetown and Millsboro in 2006 and in Harbe- son in 2010. The company also provides service in Dagsboro, Frankford and Selbyville. The Delaware Public Service Commission regulates only natu- ral gas distribution to Delaware consumers. Natural gas distribu- tion, delivery and administrative costs are determined in commis- sion rate proceedings. The recovery of costs associ- ated with natural gas used by customers is determined annu- ally as part of fuel-adjustment proceedings. As a result, rates for natural gas typically change at least once a year. A number of other factors might also change rates. Natural gas distribution companies are also sometimes permitted to collect additional fees to recover unanticipated or extraordinary expenses. For instance, both regulated natural gas distribution compa- nies have an environmental rate rider to recover costs associated with the cleanup of pollution from old manufactured-gas sites. In setting rates for the ex- panded area, the company said it would also consider the sea- sonal/nonseasonal nature of the customers using its service. The company projects up to 50 customers would begin using natural gas within one year of available service; 51 to 100 in two years; 101 to 200 in three years; 201-400 in four years, 401 to 800 in five years; and more than 800 in six years. To see Chesapeake Utilities' complete Public Service Com- mission docket, go to depsc. delaware.gov, and look for dock- et number 12-292. Police )) Police: Alleged Habitat burglar arrested Delaware State Police arrested a 47-year-old Laurel man who they say stole power tools from a Habitat for Humanity trailer in August. Larry G. Millburn Jr. cut the lock to a Habitat for Humanity trailer in Seaford and the same morning tried to sell the tools to someone who owns a welding business near Seaford, said Master Cpl. Gary Foumier of the Delaware State Police. About $5,000 in tools were taken including mitre saws, pneumatic nailers, a compres- sor, a table saw, a circular saw, scaffolding and a generator. Po- lice located Millburn Sept. 5 and arrested him without incident, Fournier said. Police connect- ed Millburn to three unrelated burglaries that occurred in the Seaford and Laurel areas. He was charged with third-degree burglary, theft greater than $1,500 and criminal mischief under $1,000. He was committed to Sus- sex Correctional Institution in default of $6,500 secured bond. DNREC issues crabbing, hunting violations The Department of Natural Resources and Envi- ronmental Control Division of Fish and Wildlife agents issued crabbing and hunting violations to several area residents. Seafood shop owner Brandon Mays, 42, of Lewes was cited Sept. 1 with one count of com- mercial possession of undersized blue crabs, Rhodes said. Poultry continued from page 1 plan to convert the former Vlasic pickle plant on the Indian River into a 700-job chicken process- ing plant. Hamilton answered questions during a presentation Sept. 6 to the Scientific and Technical Ad- visory Committee of the Center for the Inland Bays in which he outlined the company's plan to treat and improve water quality and contain odor, and explained the traffic impact. "We're not an outsider trying to push something through ... we all live here," Hamilton said. In spring 2013, Seoul, South Korea-based Harim bought Al- len Family Foods, keeping the headquarters of Eastern Shore chicken production in Seaford. The company operates plants in Harbeson and Cordova, Md. To date, Hamilton said, the Cordova plant, which lies in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, has not received any violations in its two years of operation under Allen Harim. Still, residents and experts expressed doubts about the pro- posed plant. Millsboro resident James Clano sen, who lives in neighboring development Wharton's Bluff, questioned why Allen Harim wants to put a plant at the river site when they could develop elsewhere. "Why would you put it there next to three neighborhoods?" he asked. "You're gaining but the people are going to lose property values." Hamilton said the biggest rea- son Allen Harim wants to put a plant there is because of the existing facility. Upgrades and renovations would improve op- erations of the former pickle plant, he said. Bill Moyer, president of the Inland Bays Foundatio.n, said it is illegal for a company to discharge into the Indian River because the waterway's total maximum discharge load is al- ready too high. However, Hamilton said, the final decision of whether to approve Allen Harim's water discharge plan would be made by DNREC during the permitting process. Hamilton said the plant would pull existing well water that has high nutrient levels of 8 to 10 parts per million and treat it, reducing the nitrate and phos- phate levels to one or less parts per million. A state-of-the-art air scrub: ber using European technology would clean the air of odors and dust, Hamilton said. The plant would not contend with rendering, hatchery or feed smells because it is only a pro- cessing plant, Hamilton said. Live chickens will be driven in and turned into broilers or trays of breasts, thighs or other chicken parts. John Austin, member of the Center for the Inland Bays Citizens Advisory Committee, voiced concern over adding an- other processing plant to an area already struggling with water im- pacts from the chicken industry. "We're really suffering under the concentration of an industry," he said. Besides the DNREC permits, Allen Harim must receive coun- ty approval for the proposed plant sitting on property that was deemed a Brownfield site in July. A special-use permit from the county is required because poultry processing is defined as a potentially hazardous use. The Sussex County Board of Adjust- ment received state and public comments on the proposed plant in August. Allen Harim's application for a special-use permit is on the Board of Adjustment's meeting agenda for 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23 in county council chambers, Sussex County Administrative Office Building, Georgetown. If all goes well, and Allen Harim purchases the property at the end of the year, Hamilton said, they hope to be operating by the first half of 2015. "It's been a much 19nger process than we anticipated," Hamilton said. Milton's Fall Yard Sale ero Saturday, September 14th ] 9 am to 3 pm ] Stop by today for Expert Jewelry Repair on site by Pekcan Watch Batteries & Bands Free Ring Cleaning & Inspection Appraisals by Michelle Remounts Ideal for Old Stones Engraving Turn your Gold into Cash! We pay the highest prices for your old scrap gold.