OPPOSITION: Sierra Club, Local officials, Local citizens
BACKGROUND: The developer planned a 41 megawatt coal-to-oil plant to convert anthracite waste coal into fuel, producing 5,000 barrels of diesel fuel a day. The project qualified for a substantial federal grant and had political support. A 2007 environmental impact statement was issued in preparation for disbursement of federal funds. However, the developer could not secure private financing and the project has not moved forward.
Local citizen groups opposed development due to the potential CO2 emissions from the process. Sierra Club opposed the project as part of its national strategy to oppose all coal projects. It lists the project as a “victory” on its “Stopping the Coal Rush” website.
LAST UPDATED: December 3, 2010