32-unit village no more

32-unit village no more by David Thompson, March 18, 2012, Williamsport Sun-Gazette
Now 82, Fravel, a widow, recently received news that left her shocked and anxiety-ridden. Former park owner Richard A. “Skip” Leonard told residents he sold the 37-unit park to Aqua PVR LLC. The company, whose parent company is Bryn Mawr-based Aqua America, plans to eliminate the park and build a water withdrawal facility to be used by the natural gas industry. On Thursday, the company received permission from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission to withdraw up to 3 million gallons of water per day from the site. The water will be transported via pipeline to gas drilling sites located to the north of the township. A letter from Leonard to the residents, dated Feb. 23 – the day the deal closed, according to Donna P. Alston, director of communication for Aqua America, the developer’s parent company – told the residents their leases were terminated “immediately.” “I am shocked and heartbroken I have to leave my home,” Fravel said. “It is devastating that, at my age, I have to uproot everything.” “I could sit down and cry my eyes out,” she said…. Another blow came when residents discovered how little time they have to move.

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