The eyes of the public are on the proposed biomass plant in Tallahassee and the company behind it--Biomass Gas and Electric--says it is addressing community concerns.
BG&E says Monday night's open house was to inform the public about the environmental and economic impacts of the biomass plant. And while residents both oppose and support the plant, Monday night was a chance for them to meet with project leaders face to face.
Residents--whether intrigued, skeptical, or just plain opposed--they showed up with many questions. The open house at TCC's student union involved several groups a part of the biomass project. For example--FSU's engineering department, CSX from the railroad, and the Department of Environmental Protection. But no matter what the groups had to offer--many residents remain opposed to the plant.
John Hedrick said the open house is a spin tactic from BG&E. "We're very concerned because this is just something that was done to the citizenry. The citizenry was not involved until very recently for the most part, just like it was a done deal in the middle of the night and suddenly sprung on everyone." said Hedrick.
Others out of work turned in resumes hoping to find a job through BG&E, which is what supporters say Tallahassee needs. "We need to develop technologies like they are doing with this biomass plant, which actually is a boom for the community in this dark economic time that we're in right now." said Patrick Detscher.
For now, BG&E says it is not ready to pull out of Tallahassee. BG&E CEO, Glenn Farris, says they will know what their decision is when the Tallahassee City Commission votes on FSU's master plan in January. This Wednesday afternoon--economic development will be discussed at a Tallahassee city commission meeting.