Berks residents meet to discuss proposed natural gas plant

Last month, township officials gave preliminary approval to EmberClear Corporation.

Residents meet to discuss proposed natural gas plant

SOUTH HEIDELBERG TWP., Pa. - Residents continue to sound off about a plan to bring a natural gas plant to Berks County.

Concerned residents gathered at Calvary Bible Church to talk about the plans Thursday.

Last month the South Heidelberg Township board of supervisors voted to give preliminary approval to EmberClear Corporation to build a natural gas to gasoline plant on a 63-acre plot of land.

Residents say they're concerned about things like safety and property values.

"We really want to educate the public, make sure they understand what's going on in their community. there's a lot of people that we've found out don't even know that this is happening," said Sal Franco.

Township officials say safety is an important factor but say the company met all the criteria for the preliminary approval.

"There are many many other approvals and other agencies that they'll have to satisfy beyond the land development zoning regulations, and certainly they have far more expertise than we do in those matters and we would defer to them," said Ronald Seaman.

EmberClear hopes to start construction in 2015.

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