Lehigh Valley

Berks residents voice concerns about pipeline, power plant

OLEY TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Wednesday night neighbors gathered in Oley Township to discuss concerns about the construction of a new power plant.

The project includes an up to 16-inch gas pipeline that will stretch 14 miles from Rockland Township to Birdsboro.

The meeting was hosted by the environmental group "Berks Gas Truth."

Many in attendance say the project feels rushed and they weren't given a enough time to properly voice their concerns.

"Pipelines put permanent scars through communities. They can devalue properties, health impacts, they can cause terrible explosions like the one we recall in Allentown about six years ago," said Karen Feridun of Berks Gas Truth.

The company behind the new plant says it supplies "clean burning natural gas"

It also says the project will create about 300 temporary construction jobs and 25 permanent jobs.

The power plant is expected to be up and running by April 2019.

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