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Penn-Mar Ethanol Plant, Greene Township, Franklin County, PA

STATUS: Killed

TYPE: Ethanol

OPPOSITION: Citizens for a Quality Environment

PROSPECTS: Dead

BACKGROUND: On February 7, 2005, Penn-Mar Ethanol signed a $2.24 million sales agreement to buy a 55-acre tract within the Cumberland Valley Business Park, a 1,400 acre community of businesses that is roughly five miles from Interstate 81, for the purposes of building an $80 million ethanol plant. The plant was originally planned for Conoy Township, but Penn-Mar pulled the Conoy application due to local opposition and decided to relocate to Franklin County.

The plant would make ethanol from corn, and sell it as a gasoline additive. Almost immediately, a group calling itself "Citizens for a Quality Environment" sought to block the project. The group mounted local opposition and filed a lawsuit grounded in local zoning laws. An injunction was granted against the proposed plant, and in November 2005, Judge Richard J. Walsh issued an order stating that Penn-Mar Ethanol's plant was not a permitted use.

The proposed plant's investors could not work out the details by the sales agreement's expiration date, and ultimately the deal fell through. Investors publicly blamed Citizens for a Quality Environment for the death of this project.

SOURCES: Citizens for a Quality Environment: http://www.c4aqe.net/;
Herald Mail: http://www.herald-mail.com/?cmd=displaystory-comments&story_id=110300; http://homepage.mac.com/oscura/ctd/docs/072006hmpennmar.pdf;
http://www.herald-mail.com/?module=displaystory&story_id=123693&format=print; http://www.herald-mail.com/?cmd=displaystory&story_id=125541&format=print;
Energy Tribune: http://www.energytribune.com/articles.cfm?aid=439

Last updated November 29, 2010