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Gas plant gets preliminary nod in eastern Pa.

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 14, 2014 at 9:38 am •  Published: March 14, 2014

WERNERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Canadian company has won preliminary approval to build a plant that would convert natural gas to gasoline, propane and other products.

South Heidelberg Township supervisors on Thursday night gave preliminary approval to the site plan for Calgary-based EmberClear Corp.'s project, The Reading Eagle ( ) reported.

The company still needs to complete traffic, geological, fiscal and environmental surveys and win zoning approval. Nearly 100 people attended the meeting and more than a dozen told officials that they worry about how their neighborhood would be affected.

Officials estimate that the project could cost $850 million to $1 billion and take three years to complete, employing 900 to 1,200 during construction and 80 to 100 to operate the plant. Underground pipelines would be used to bring in natural gas and ship out completed products.

Steve Wolszczenski said he wasn't confident that neighbors would be protected.

"I won't be able to sell my house with all those buildings behind it," he said. "Frankly I don't want to live here anymore, but it's too late."

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