Tallahassee Leaders Regret Biomass Withdrawal

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Andrew Gillum with the City of Tallahassee said he had a meeting scheduled Friday morning with BG&E to discuss mitigating concerns with the plant, but the meeting was canceled. Gillum and Mayor John Marks say they are unhappy with BG&E's decision. City officials say they are still working to bring more opportunities to Tallahassee, and they don't want this issue to paint Florida's capital in a bad light.

Andrew Gillum, Tallahassee Mayor Pro-Tempore says he believes this was the City's opportunity to become a leader in clean energy and such projects could yield a great deal of federal incentives for the area. "The last thing we want to do is say Tallahassee/Leon County is an unfavorable place to explore new green, clean technologies, and I'm afraid that's the message we're sending today." said Gillum.

The city had a public hearing on the biomass plant on next week's agenda, but BG&E has asked that it be removed. Friday evening Mayor John Marks released a statement saying, "While it appears that this opportunity has passed, I can assure you that the City Commission and City staff will continue working diligently to establish Tallahassee as a green leader and that the lessons learned from this experience will make future efforts more successful."

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  • by Jack Location: Tallahassee on Jan 25, 2009 at 08:28 PM
    Folks, listen: burning biomass would not, will not, won't lower your utility bill. Burning biomass is not clean, it is not sustainable, and it is not SMART. This deal was designed by TK & Virginia Wetherell to put big money into their pockets. S Glenn Farris (google his name with "stockbroker") stood to gain million$ in your money from federal & state subsidies and grants, and you would have ended up footing all the bills getting nothing in return. Glenn Farris and his brother Milton bilked you out of $37M already with the failed Burlington, VT biomass gasification test unit that now sits mothballed, shut down since 2000. It cost Burlington residents their homes - they had to move away; FERCO (BG&E's former name) left groundwater contamination and the residents have been tied up in court with them for years. The burner created noise, emissions, odors, traffic problems, water contamination, and people living in the area had to MOVE from their homes. now you've been told the truth
  • by Ted Location: Tally on Jan 25, 2009 at 08:06 PM
    Yes, the City of Tally needs to make concessions. Like building a COAL burning power plant. Look at your City Power bill. That should be enough to vote no on all the imbeciles running this city now.
  • by shaddoracer on Jan 25, 2009 at 04:35 PM
    good job tallahassee run off a perfectly good opportunity to create jobs and clean home-grown energy. look in the mirror the next time you wonder why your jobless rate is high and terrorism is still a problem....
  • by me Location: here on Jan 25, 2009 at 02:06 PM
    Hey TALLYHO- I don't believe it was voted out by people who "have". I'll admit, don't put it in the middle of an exisiting neighborhood, but put it somewhere...We need jobs and the city of tal needs to understand they need to make concessions to obtain growth at this time. Believe it or not, the money is there, it just depends on how you spend it...
  • by Bill Location: Tallahassee on Jan 25, 2009 at 01:27 PM
    We need to get rid of Proctor he is a jerk thinks he is all mighty GOD. He has been no good all the time he has been in office why do they keep him in office is beyond me.Just another black in power.God help us all
  • by tallay ho Location: whatever on Jan 25, 2009 at 06:55 AM
  • by brian Location: capitola on Jan 25, 2009 at 05:06 AM
    Tallahassee needs to vote NO to all commissioners at election time. We need jobs in this community. The officials have a job, but are not concerned with the public. They call Tallahassee an all-American city, What a joke. This plant would offer good jobs, and lower electricity. But as long as our commissions have their jobs they don't care
  • by Nate Location: Home on Jan 24, 2009 at 04:42 PM
    Just because Bill Proctor is a crook what in the hell does that have to do with the new President.O I get it they both black. Steve I cant wait until you and your kind die out. The civil war is over man, You guys lost!!You do know more white people voted for Obama that blacks.We are the minority get it minority. Whats wrong Steve grand daddy turning over in his grave????
  • by Steve Location: Tallahassee on Jan 24, 2009 at 10:46 AM
    CrossPosted - The only reason I can think the NAACP got involved was because of free lawyers for the brethren. I have watched Proctors shady dealings for years. If you are caucasion and call his office, well you just wasted your time. Unfortunately, he is just LIKE our new president, voted in for the color of his skin only, not about what he really says or does. So to all you brethren voters who voted for our new Prez, what do you want?? Obama wants green energy. What does Proctor want? YOU CANT HAVE IT BOTH WAYS PEOPLE!!!
  • by Whistle Blower Location: Tallahassee on Jan 24, 2009 at 08:35 AM
    Want to talk about waste?? Last week on South Monroe between Oraange and the fire station, a city crew (3 people) were pulling weeds from the flower bed medians. A woman and 2 men. A grey Dodge pickup pulled up behind the city truck and parked. The woman, a BIG woman, went over and talked to this gentlman - for 45 MINUTES. Both of the men continued pulling weeds. Our tax dollars at work. To this woman: I didn't report you this time, but since my window faces South Monroe, the next time I will hit the record button on my camera and turn it in so they have evidence at your dismissal.
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