While the public focuses on high-profile projects like the possible Belmont County ethane cracker, there's another project quietly going forward in Monroe County.
At the site of the former Ormet plant, Fortress Investment Group out of New York purchased 1660 acres in June.
And they are about to build a natural gas fired power plant there.
People were surprised to hear about Long Ridge Energy, and they liked the idea.
"Anything that can stimulate the growth of this area would be good, you know, after the steel and coal industry kind of fell apart," said John Celli of St. Clairsville. "I think it's good business for the locals around here."
"I think it would be a really good idea, especially if they hired a lot of locals," said Jeff Culley of New Martinsville. "They'll bring in a lot of jobs and probably help the economy a little bit. So I think it's a good idea."
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