Allegheny Energy Center Suggests New Location for Gas Plant

Invenergy’s subsidary Allegheny Energy Center is planning to build a 550 mega-watt gas-fired power plant in Elizabeth Township. Currently, the plant is proposed to be constructed along the Yough near Henderson Road on the Fiore property, a former hazardous waste dump.

Allegheny Energy Center recently suggested at a township meeting that a new site may be under consideration. This site, located on the Allegheny/Westmoreland County border across from Sutersville, is also located along the river and adjacent to residential areas as wellĀ as the Mariner East I & II pipeline route.

Regardless of location, a gas-fired power plant has no place in Elizabeth Township. Concerns include health issues, water quality and quantity, air emissions, construction of related infrastructure like pipelines and power lines, decreased property values, noise and light pollution. Development of the new Mariner East II pipeline (which carries natural gas liquids that are 150 times more explosive than methane) is of particular concern at the new suggested site.

Here is an image of the original site and the newĀ suggested site along with the route of the Mariner East I & proposed Mariner East II pipelines.