Residents of Greenbrier County brought many questions, hoping to get answered at the Greenbrier County Commission Meeting, Tuesday, January 23rd, concerning the synthetic fuel plant that will constructed in the Sam Black area.
Jason Perry, the President of PPD West Virginia One, LLC, the company that will be building that plant was at the meeting to address residents concerns.
Many residents were concerned about the environmental impact it would have on the area. However, Perry explained that the plant would not release any gases.
“We don’t admit, we keep a zero emission plant because we recycle all the gases that come through and continue to recycle them until they are completely used,” Perry said.
But, people in Greenbrier County were not sold on that idea and want to see tests be done to prove there will be no gases or smoke emitted from the plant.
Matthew Ford, a long time Greenbrier County resident, says he supports the idea, but does not want something that will be detrimental to people in the area.
“I support anything that’s good for the county, but in terms of this particular project I’d like to see the data,” Ford said.
Houston Adkins, a Greenbrier County resident, agreed with Ford. He did research of his own on the plant and he said some things are not adding up and he wants officials to conduct tests to ensure this project is indeed environmentally friendly.
“It would be more prudent for the environment for the people that live in Greenbrier County to not take Proton Power at their word but hold them accountable to the standards of environmental excellence that we have here in Greenbrier County,” Adkins explained.
However, not everyone shared those concerns. Some living in the Sam Black area are excited about potentially gaining a reliable water source that would be put in place for the plant. Those in the Crawley area are currently using wells as their water source.
John Marshall, a Greenbrier County resident, said it would be beneficial if the plant gives them another source for water.
“Crawley doesn’t have water yet, it’s going to be put in place this coming year and they could certainly give that water to the water line in Western Greenbrier County,” Marshall said.
Though many questions were answered some are still remain weary about the project and the true impact it will have.
“Let’s verify what they say is true and then we’ll all be happy to welcome them including myself,” Adkins said.
This will be an estimated 18 month project and officials are set to break ground in early spring.