Charlton residents voice concern over proposed liquid natural gas plant on Route 169 (Worcester Telegram 5/30/19)
CHARLTON – The plan to develop a $100 million liquid natural gas plant along the “energy corridor” on Route 169 met resistance from residents at a state public hearing Wednesday.
Liberty Energy Trust, operating under Northeast Energy Center LLC, seeks to construct an LNG plant on 12 acres at 304 Southbridge Rd, near Millennium Power on Route 169.
The company seeks state Energy Facilities Siting Board approval to develop the plant that will liquify, store and load natural gas into trucks. The company also seeks exemptions from Charlton zoning bylaws.
One Siting Board requirement is that the applicant must demonstrate the project is reasonably necessary for the convenience and welfare of the public.
About 100 people attended the Siting Board’s second public hearing in town, at Charlton Middle School on Wednesday.
Matthew H. Taylor, partner NEC, said additional engineering and assessments after the first public hearing in November led to a preferred location change from Route 20 to Route 169, where the company has a purchase agreement with the owner, Incom Inc.
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