Plans dropped for Berks County plant to convert gas to other fuels

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 7, 2015 7:21 PM

Photo by Marie Cusick/StateImpact Pennsylvahia

File Photo: State Representative Jim Cox (R- Berks) spoke to about 300 people who attended a meeting in April in Heidleberg Township, Berks County, to oppose the GTL plant

(Wernersville) -- A Canadian company has dropped plans to build a Berks County plant to convert natural gas to gasoline, propane and other products. 

Calgary-based EmberClear Corp. has decided to stop pursuing the $850 million to $1 billion South Heidelberg Township plant. 

Project manager James Palumbo cites concerns about the time needed for permits as well as community feedback. 

Township officials say the firm's purchase option on the prospective 63-acre site had also expired.  

EmberClear in March won preliminary approval for the plant and had hoped to begin construction as early as the middle of this year.  

The prososal had faced community opposition.

The project would have employed an estimated 900 to 1,200 people during construction and another 150 people after that for operations.  

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