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Hellervik Oil has announced the location of their new natural gas purification facility, which is in the 16000 block of Louisville Road, near the junction of KY HWY 422 and U.S. 31W.
The plant will sit in the middle of an 8.5 acre tract belonging to Hellervik, INC., which is surrounded by a heavily wooded area that's over 100 acres.
Jim Brown, the Kentucky field representative for Hellervik, said that equipment is now being prepared and the company was about a month away from pouring concrete.
Brown said Hellervik was very pleased with the work done so far, which was performed by local contractor, Tommy Brooks.
"Tommy was a Godsend," Brown said. "We discussed the work, he gave us a fair price, we shook hands, and he went to work. That's how we like to do business."
Brown said Hellervik would continue to look for local contractors whenever possible to complete the remaining work.
Brown said that Hellervik will continue doing everything they can to assure the residents of Edmonson County that they are committed to being a community and business partner.
"We have a vested interest in this community. Of course we want to sell natural gas, but we also want to bring jobs here and we want to be good neighbors."
He pointed out that this facility would be only 1/10th of the size of the failed Rocky Hill plant that did nothing but upset the community.
"There's no comparison with this and the Rocky Hill plant. Here, there'll be no chemical discharge, no odors, and no sound pollution. The folks in Rocky Hill had all of that going on and we understand why they were so upset. The old plant was designed to work at a much larger scale than was even possible in this area."
According to Brown, the community has been very receptive to their new operation.
"We've talked to so many landowners and it's been really positive," he said. "What we're finding out is that people are very interested in buying and selling natural gas at a fair price and we're working hard to see that happen. Our facility will serve as mainly a purification place. We'll remove nitrogen from the gas at the proper level to sell."
Brown said the plan was to have the new facility up and running by mid summer.
2/19/2017 08:44:28 pm
This company has not talked to us and we live right down the road from this. Not one person involved with this company has stopped by our home to ask us our opinion or inform us that this plant was planning to locate here. I knew nothing about this until I seen it posted by a neighbor. We are opposed to this and would never agree to have a plant such as this near our home. I don't know what landowners they've talked to, but we weren't a part of any conversation with this company and we are not receptive of having this near our property. If it becomes a done deal, it will be only feet from the main hwy 31-W. A disturbance to us and our neighbors, and an eyesore for all to see. It will not be surrounded by trees, most of the woodland will be behind it. We do not want this in our neighborhood.
The Edmonson Voice
2/19/2017 09:05:18 pm
It is important to note, the context of the quote from Mr. Brown where he discussed talking to landowners was in reference to landowners who were either former customers or are known to have gas wells and gas access on their own property. It's also important to note that because there are no industrial zoning laws in Edmonson County, Hellervik or any other company does not require permission to put a plant or facility anywhere they own or rent property in the county. Per our conversation, the company did not imply that they had talked to neighbors in general, but specifically those with gas. Our network has covered Hellervik's intentions and progress going back almost two years. They have been very open with us and the county government. The Edmonson Voice neither supports nor opposes Hellervik Oil, however; their plans have not been a secret, and we have written multiple articles that have informed the public. Simply enter "Hellervik" in our search bar on the home page and 19 different results become available.
2/19/2017 09:59:38 pm
We would like to make it known that the location of the proposed plant as stated by Hellervik, although not completely untrue, is somewhat misleading. The property is not completely surrounded by a 100 acre farm. Most of the farm is to the North of the proposed location. Our home is around 500 feet to the West of the proposed location with many more residents close by. Hellervik makes a claim on their website that the plant will not be seen or heard from any residential parcel. It's hard to believe that a processing facility with the capability of 5 million cubic feet per day will not be heard 500 feet away. We have lots of questions and ask that Hellervik hold a community meeting soon to discuss concerns. We will not accept another fiasco like our neighbors in Rocky Hill had to endure.
The Edmonson Voice
2/19/2017 10:52:34 pm
We would also like to note that Hellervik held a public meeting at the Edmonson County Library on August 30, 2016 in which four people attended. This meeting was advertised on the Edmonson Voice for two weeks. At that meeting, the general location of the plant was disclosed and that was the time for the public to ask questions. Again, we are not taking sides, but simply pointing out that this has not been hidden. We only relay the information we have available. You can read the story about the proposed site here;
2/19/2017 11:44:28 pm
We completely understand that the Edmonson Voice is only relaying information available and want to make it clear that the information seems misleading, not the reporting.
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