Company officials are evaluating their options after submitting the initial project plan and reviewing the outcry that came with it, said James Palumbo, president of Future Power Pennsylvania Inc., an EmberClear subsidiary.
Those options include looking at other sites or possibly revising the size of the proposed facility, among many other considerations, he
"We're on hold until we come up with different ideas," Palumbo
"We're still evaluating everything."
The 63-acre farm field in South Heidelberg has been pitched as an optimal site because of the region's availability of natural gas and because it's only a few miles from gasoline storage terminals in Spring Township.
Some neighbors disagree, fearing the project is too close to residential developments and area businesses.
The company is moving ahead with other energy projects as it weighs the South Heidelberg site, Palumbo
Most of his
explained, has been focused on a project in Mississippi and the development of two power plants in western Schuylkill County.
"We're trying to go where the opportunity is," Palumbo
As currently proposed, the plant's construction would employ 900 to 1,200 people, according to company estimates.
Once built, the plant would employ 150 people.
said EmberClear believes the concept of the South Heidelberg project is sound and that developers throughout the country are looking to take advantage of the robust supply of natural gas.
"I think that's a way of the future," he
said of the project.