Corps takes comment on permit for Hickory Run Energy project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Pittsburgh is taking public comment until July 19 on a Section 404 Clean Water Act permit application from Hickory Run Energy LLC for a power project in North Beaver and Mahoning townships in Lawrence County, Pa.

“The applicant proposes to impact 0.36 acre of palustrine wetlands to construct a natural gas fired combined-cycle electric generating facility with associated parking and infrastructure,” the Corps noted. “The applicant proposes payment in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) Wetland Replacement Fund to satisfy PADEP wetland mitigation requirements. Additional mitigation plans are being developed to satisfy Corps mitigation requirementsfor unavoidable wetland impacts.”

Pending finalization of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the impacts to cultural resources and a revised mitigation plan, the project may qualify for authorization under Pennsylvania State Programmatic General Permit 4, the Corps noted.

No further details on the project are given in the Corps notice, though there is a map of the project site. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said in a brief notice in the May 11 Pennsylvania Bulletin that it has issued a final air permit to Hickory Run Energy for a 900-MW, gas-fired project in Lawrence County. The permit was issued on April 23 and covers a natural gas-fired combined-cycle, 900-MW electric generation facility consisting of two combustion turbine generators, two heat recovery steam generators, and some ancillary equipment in North Beaver Township.

Local officials have said that Hickory Run Energy is a project affiliate of New Jersey-based LS Power Power Development LLC. This is not a listed a project on the LS Power website. Lawrence County is north of Pittsburgh, right along the state line with Ohio.

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