The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has issued environmental permits for the Hickory Run Power Station, a $750 million, 900 MW project being developed by a unit of LS Power LLC. The plant is scheduled to be built in Lawrence County on the site of a former explosives factory that has been vacant for 50 years. In addition to its air permit, the DEP granted Hickory Run water and wastewater permits in separate actions.
Hickory Run is the second large gas-fired grassroot power project to be permitted by the state; late last year state regulators granted environmental permits to the Moxie Liberty Power Plant, an $825 million generation station that could generate up to 1,000 MW of electricity. Site preparation work for Liberty has begun.
The Liberty and Hickory Run projects are believed to be among the area's first industrial projects that will be fueled by gas produced from the Marcellus Shale formation.