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June 25, 2014

Sun Gen: Natural gas could power more local industry

SHAMOKIN DAM — Sunbury Generation LLC may have closed its coal operation in May, but plans are forging ahead to develop the nearly 200-acre site as a Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone.

Company President David Meehan told the Monroe Township Supervisors on Tuesday that the site, located primarily in Shamokin Dam and in a smaller part of the township, was designated a KOEZ and given 10 years of tax-exempt status in December by the state Department of Community and Economic Department.

The closure of the coal operations this spring isn’t affecting Meehan’s “dream” of developing the site with a natural gas power plant as an anchor and other industry.

“There is interest in the equity community,” he said. “The development of Marcellus (shale) has created a lot of opportunities.”

To encourage industries to consider locating at its site, Sunbury Generation is working to subdivide a lot to lease. A majority of the property is in Shamokin Dam and a small portion, where a service road and access to the Old Trail is located, is in Monroe Township.

To avoid having to submit subdivision plans to both municipalities, Art Thomas, of Meck-Tech, of Selinsgrove, who has represented Sunbury Generation for years and also serves as the township engineer, requested the supervisors defer review of the plans to Shamokin Dam.

The municipalities have comparable standards, Thomas said, and the supervisors approved it.

Meehan said the subdivision is just a small step in developing a $1 billion project that provides rail and access to the Susquehanna River.

 

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