District K Residents,
Many of you have asked questions about the Peak Shaving Facility on Hillcroft near Southwest Crossing neighborhood. My office has been working with the HOA president and a few residents who have coordinated meetings for the neighborhood.
I have included a timeline, link to meeting with Southwest Crossing residents and CenterPoint representatives, media links to stories on the news and the most recent letter I received from CenterPoint representatives.
I hope this information will be helpful to residents to review prior to tonight’s meeting.
View the link to the community meeting VMPT Castex-Tatum hosted with Centerpoint representatives and Southwest Crossing residents on July 24, 2021: Peak Shaving Information Meeting
Media story links:
Below is a timeline of action from the council office in reference to the CenterPoint Energy peak shaving facility at 13617 Hillcroft Ave., Houston, TX 77085:
May 27, 2021
District K office was contacted by constituent reporting she received a letter from CenterPoint Energy on proposed LP-gas installation at 13617 Hillcroft; she had 18 days to respond from date of letter (May 21, 2021). Constituent was concerned her response would not be received in time due to USPS mail delivery slow; response must be received by June 8, 2021.
June 3 – 4, 2021
VMPT sent letter to the Texas Railroad Commission expressing disappointment that construction had already begun at the site prior to residents being notified. VMPT asked for extension of comment period and a hearing. Sent certified, return receipt, and via email to Oversight and Safety Division, Alternative Fuels Safety Department; copied Paul Lock and Justin Cotten, CenterPoint Energy
June 4, 2021
Received an email response from Texas RR Commission Safety Specialist Kent L. Thompson, April Richardson is the Director; sent link to rules for filing and offered to forward communication to April Richardson. P. Chavis responded
June 8, 2021
VMPT met with CenterPoint Energy representatives Justin Cotten, Andrew Rockwell, Paul Lock, to discuss peak shaving facility at 13617 Hillcroft Ave. via Microsoft Teams.
June 10, 2021
VMPT met with CenterPoint Energy representatives Justin Cotton and Paul Lock, along with Southwest Crossing HOA President Robert Brown, and toured peak shaving facility at 4614 Allum.
June 14, 2021
Southwest Crossing HOA Board and community met with CenterPoint Energy representatives Justin Cotten, Andrew Rockwell, Paul Lock, VMPT, to allow community to ask questions to CenterPoint Energy representatives on peak shaving facility at 13617 Hillcroft Ave via Zoom.
June 21, 2021
Justin Cotten emailed images of existing peak shaving facilities in response to question from community member on how many other facilities are in the Houston area.
July 1 – 7, 2021
District K office received questions about the peak shaving facility and the safety of the facility from community members who have worked in the chemical industry. Questions were forwarded to Justin Cotten; responses sent to community members.
July 8, 2021
Chief of Staff (COS) followed up, via email, to April Richardson on correspondence VMPT sent on June 4, 2021. Still had not received a response from RR Commission.
July 8, 2021
Received email from Justin Cotten that CenterPoint Energy will no longer be answering questions in detail on peak shaving facility due to “confidentiality and security concerns”.
VMPT scheduled meeting with CenterPoint Energy representatives, Houston Fire Chief and Hazardous Material Team, to meet with Southwest Crossing community again to allow questions to be asked directly to CenterPoint Energy representatives; meeting via Microsoft Teams on July 24, 2021, at 11:00 AM.
July 13, 2021
COS sent request to Texas Railroad Commission Fuels Safety Director April Richardson to attend the meeting on July 24, 2021, at 11:00 AM. No response.
July 15, 2021
Received letter from Texas RR Commission, Angie Whitehead, dated July 8, 2021, that VMPT correspondence not received within the 18-day objection period. The emailed correspondence was sent well within the 18-day objection period, June 3rd. The certified letter arrived in Austin June 11th.
July 15, 2021
Sent flyer to Southwest Crossing HOA rep. Robert Brown via email, sent invitation via constant contact to all subscribers and delivered flyers on doors of residents in Southwest Crossing neighborhood, with Microsoft Teams meeting information to meet with CenterPoint Energy and HFD on July 24, 2021.
July 15, 2021
Sent flyer to community members (former chemical plant workers, other who contacted District K office), via email, with meeting information to meet with CenterPoint Energy, and HFD, via Microsoft Teams on July 24, 2021.
July 21, 2021
VMPT phoned Angie Whitehead, Texas Railroad Commission, voicemail stated they were not in the office during COVID, left message in regard to the letter received July 15, 2021, asked for a return call, never received.
July 24, 2021
Southwest Crossing community meeting with CenterPoint Energy on peak shaving facility at 136717 Hillcroft distributed via District K updates, via Constant Contact.
Communication with Southwest Crossing Homeowners’ Association.
August 18, 2021
VMPT attended a protest coordinated by community members near the peak shaving facility at 13617 Hillcroft Ave. Houston Fire Chief Peña was also present.
August 26 -31, 2021
VMPT communicated and coordinated an in-person meeting with CenterPoint Energy representatives and Southwest Crossing community members. Meeting was scheduled for September 9, 2021 at 6:30pm in the community room at HPD substation. CenterPoint representatives were confirmed to attend and Southwest Crossing residents asked to cancel the meeting, stating they were not ready to meet.
September 1, 2021
Received a copy of the letter CenterPoint Energy Vice President sent to Southwest Crossing Homeowners’ Association on the peak shaving facility at 13617 Hillcroft Ave.
September 7, 2021
VMPT emailed confirmation that on September 4, 2021, via telephone Southwest Crossing community members Mr. Brown, Ms. Stredic, and Mr. Pack, canceled the in-person meeting with CenterPoint Energy representatives that was scheduled September 9, 2021. They did not want to meet in the community room. An alternate location was not confirmed at that time nor an alternate date.
September 17, 2021
District K COS received email response from Texas Railroad Commission Alternative Fuels Safety Director April Richardson, responding to emails COS sent June 4, 2021 and July 8, 2021.
September 27, 2021
VMPT received a letter, via email, from CenterPoint Energy Vice President Tal R. Centers, Jr. on propane-air peak shaving facility at 13617 Hillcroft Ave., stating after three weeks pause on construction due to concerns of community members, CenterPoint Energy concluded they will resume construction.
All of the correspondence I have received has been shared with Southwest Crossing HOA leadership.
I’m happy to answer any additional questions at the meeting tonight.