Elizabeth Twp Hearing re Alternate Location for Gas Power Plant

In January 2016, Invenergy announced their intention to build a natgas-powered electric plant in Elizabeth Township, in Allegheny County (see Invenergy Eyes SWPA for Second Marcellus-Powered Electric Plant). The proposed Elizabeth plant, modestly sized at 550 megawatts, would be built on a brownfield site near Pittsburgh. Even though the site is a former landfill where fly ash was dumped, making it unusable for just about any other purpose, a group of local residents would prefer to keep the site a contaminated dump rather than convert it to a beneficial use like generating electricity (see Invenergy Gets Pushback on Proposed Natgas Power Plant in SWPA). The local antis enlisted the support of Elizabeth Township’s zoning board, which rejected the plan in June 2016 (see Elizabeth Twp Rejects Clean Invenergy Power Plant at Dump Site). So Invenergy sued the town in October (see Invenergy Sues Elizabeth Twp to Allow NatGas-Fired Electric Plant). Rather than drag out the lawsuit, causing Elizabeth taxpayers big money to defend a defenseless decision, Invenergy offered an olive branch–locating the plant at a new, more rural location about 10 miles away (see Invenergy Proposes Deal to Elizabeth Twp to Move Gas Power Plant). Last night the Elizabeth Planning Commission held a 2-hour hearing to take comments from supporters, and the ninny nannies who still oppose it because it burns an evil, nasty, vile fossil fuel…

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