Debate over Lordstown plant continues

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A second meeting on a proposed natural gas to electricity plant was held in Lordstown Thursday afternoon.

The company behind the project is based out of the Boston, Mass., area and is responsible for two other similar projects in the Buckeye State. The meeting was about converting natural gas to electricity using state-of-the-art technology and if built, would provide electricity from the edge of Cleveland to Pittsburgh.

Zone change needed for Lordstown plant.

The proposed Trumbull County plant would cost $800 million to build and it would all be done with private funds. If the company is able to get past several of the hurdles and start building, it would employ more than 500 construction workers for at least three years, and provide an additional 28 permanent jobs.

Company officials said there are a total of 57 acres they would acquire, but they would only use 14 for the actual facility. The remaining property would be used as a natural buffer zone so the plant would not be looked at as an eyesore. A vacant building on the property would be removed.

People still a lot of questions, but Clean Energy Future, LLC president William Siderewicz said it will only benefit people in the area.

“I would say economic stability for the village and improved school system and services,” he said.

Resident Jim London said he has some concerns.

“My concerns are when issues like this come up, there is so much hearsay and scuttlebutt,” London said.

Siderewicz said residents are willing to listen to the facts and provide feedback, saying he is “reasonably optimistic” the project will get support.

At the state level, the plant has to gain approval from the Ohio EPA and another state agency. On a local level, zoning changes would be required to move forward with the project.

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