By CBS3 Staff

MARPLE TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — In Delaware County, protesters are calling on PECO to give up efforts to build a natural gas reliability station in Marple Township. The protesters gathered Thursday afternoon near the proposed site at the intersection of Sproul and Cedar Grove Roads.

PECO wants to build a natural gas reliability station there. PECO says they need it to keep up with demand.

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Marple Township rejected PECO’s request for a zoning exemption but PECO has filed an appeal in court.

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Protesters question if the reliability station is safe.

“We have a residence right here. What are we, 30 feet away? We’ve got a restaurant about the same distance. We’re worried about the hazards that it’s going to present for the young family that moved in next door and for the restaurant-goers, said Marple Safety Coalition member Greg Fat.

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PECO’s court appeal is pending. It has also asked the Public Utility Commission to step in.