Proposed Kanab gas plant draws opposition

Aug 29 2011 - 3:55pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- A proposed plant that would convert coal and other materials to natural gas is facing stiff opposition from some Kanab residents.

KanabCares organizer Jim Walls says the group has submitted a petition seeking a citywide vote on the plant. Walls says some are opposing the plant because of environmental and land-use concerns.

The City Council is considering changing the law to allow the citywide vote, which could happen as early as next year.

City Manager Duane Huffman says if the council balks, the proposed law would be on the ballot no later than 2013. If passed, residents would vote on the plant in a subsequent election.

A permit for two smokestacks has already been approved but is being appealed. The U.S. Department of Energy plans a public hearing Tuesday.

 

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