Pennsylvania lawmaker to host town hall on Lackawanna gas plant

Pennsylvania State Rep. Frank Farina, D-Lackawanna, will hold a town hall meeting April 9 at 6 p.m. on the proposed 1,500-MW Lackawanna natural gas plant that is being developed by an Invenergy affiliate.

“This meeting [at Jessup Hose Co. No. 1] will feature independent panelists with expertise in economic development, conservation, geology and real estate, as well as representatives from Invenergy, the company proposing the plant,” Farina said in a news release posted on his website.

“This town hall event will provide us all with an opportunity to hear from experts and ask questions in an open, unbiased format. It is my hope that this meeting will end the rumors and speculation about the project and make sure future conversations are based on fact,” the lawmaker went on to say.

Representatives from the company as well as Trout Unlimited, Lackawanna River Corridor Association, Lackawanna County economic development, the Center for Environmental Quality at Wilkes University and ERA One Source Realty are scheduled to appear at the meeting.

“I encourage anyone in the community who has questions about this proposed plant to come out to this town hall meeting to hear all sides of the story,” Farina said.

A group called Citizens for a Healthy Jessup is opposing the plant.

According to a report from a Pennsylvania television station, Farina recently riled many local opponents when he discussed his support of the plant in a Facebook posting. Farina reportedly said the plant would result in jobs and economic benefits to the region and pose little in the way of environmental risk.

Invenergy’s Lackawanna Energy Center LLC has submitted a revised application to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.


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