Proposed Power Station Raises Concern in Carbon County


CARBON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) A plan to build a hydroelectric power plant using acid mine water is causing some concerns in Carbon County.

Grid Balance Hydropower wants to build the plant on top of Spring Mountain in Banks Township.

                The proposal calls for the building of three dams to generate electricity.

                On Monday, Banks Township Supervisors discussed the proposal with the community for the first time.

                There are some worries about possible wide-spread water pollution if the plant leaked.

 “One of the dam proposals is outside of  Junedale.  Junedale uses Hazleton city water. If that mine acid water should leak it could destroy the entire water system of Junedale and Beaver Meadows also uses Hazleton city water,” stressed Joe Clark, Chairman, Banks Township Board of Directors.

The community has less than 60 days to file a complaint against the proposal.

                Banks Township Supervisors hope neighboring townships will join them against it.

                No one from Grid Balance Hydropower attended Monday’s meeting.

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