Biomass Plant Protest

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

The message was loud and clear.

More than 80 residents lined the sidewalks near Valdosta City Hall to argue against a biomass plant before Thursday night's city council meeting.

Protesters say the plant could bring in jobs and give the local economy a boost but says it will be harmful to the environment and people with health conditions such as asthma.

"Nobody in their right mind can possibly support a possible biomass plant that comes with all these risk," said Michael Noll.

"It has nothing to do with me. We're under contract with a company which is great news, 99.99-percent of the people in South Georgia actually understand this project and it's impact on the environment and economy," said Industrial Authority Executive Director Brad Lofton.

Here in my hand is a list of some of the 500 residents that are saying no to the biomass plant and if you take a look behind me these posters are speaking for themselves.

But inside the city council chambers residents didn't hold their tongues.

"If we're going to pray to God and believe in God we trust and all of that. I think we need to ask God are we making the right decision about bringing the biomass plant to Valdosta," said a resident.

Residents say with the recent promotion of Lofton they hope the city council will finally hear them out, and not bringing the plant to town.

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  • by Sumesh Location: India on Jul 30, 2011 at 04:31 AM
  • by Donnie Location: Crawfordville on Mar 25, 2011 at 08:09 PM
    Has everyone gone crazy? Where do all of the idiots think we are going to get our energy from? We stop the Coal Plants, we stop the Biomass Plants, we stop the Drilling and now everyon is afraind of Nuclear. With todays new technology Coal and Biomass Plants are clean, New Nuclear Plants are safe, and LET'S DRILL, DRILL, DRILL!
  • by Cris Location: Valdosta on Mar 25, 2011 at 06:12 PM
    We need to invest on clean, renewable energies. We have seen the ecological disasters of investing on nuclear energy in Japan. It is not clean, very expensive, and there is a high risk to human health and the environment. Go Solar, Wind, etc. but NO Biomass plant. We are not alone in this struggle. Speak out my friends against unclean energies that deprive people of a good healthy quality of life. What are we doing to ourselves? Wake up from this dream of separateness, arrogance, greed and selfishness! We are not doing God's Will on Earth as good stewards of the land. And then we invoke His name in vain. What an irony! Pray but act against God's Will who is the Creator of all life? It does not make sense at all.
  • by Elroy Location: Pleasentville on Mar 25, 2011 at 09:30 AM
    There are several control burns this time of year. Isn't this pollution? And it not coming out of a stack that has emmission controls. Burning biomass with proper emmission controls is just good common sense. We are sending our kids for higher eduducation to be engineers and to solve the problems that are connected to disposing of any or all toxins. And yes as humans we do "cherry pick" our issues. How many of us drive our big SUV's to the meetings? I don't see a lot of people walking or riding their bikes to complain. And if we did, it could help to cure the problem of obesity in our nation. But that's another headline.
  • by Jim Location: Valdosta on Mar 25, 2011 at 08:10 AM
    Good riddance to that arrogant twit, Lofton. The sooner he leaves town the better. He's one of those people that wouldn't recognize truth if it hit him in the face. It doesn't matter to him that the plant is poisonous - he's out of here! It's those of us that call this home that will have to deal with it. It won't be Brad's kids that have to deal with the health issues, it will be our's. What's most distressing are our elected officials lack of concern. Seems when you wave a few dollars in front of their nose they can't see anything else.
  • by Elroy Location: Pleasentville on Mar 25, 2011 at 06:42 AM
    So there is this mystic that solar is our "green" choice. In the manufacturing of panels and related parts and then in the disposal of the used panels/parts toxins from this "making of clean energy" must be dealt with. And this "dark information" isn't being talked about for now. I guess we can let our children deal with it like we're dealing with our and our parents "race" to provide us with energy for a better life.
  • by Lip Cheese on Mar 25, 2011 at 06:14 AM
    Miguel, I do not know what to say. Just when I had given up on the human race to use intelligence to search for solutions, you show up on here and show a clear and progressive solution. If you decide to run for Governor, please use this post in your campaign so I will remember you. You will definitely get my vote and support!!!
  • by Bolillo Location: Wakulla on Mar 25, 2011 at 04:11 AM
    And another example of why So. Ga. and the Big Bend has no jobs. The Fl. state workers have no place to run facing layoffs. Why? Just read this article. All things are relative. Folks working political related decision making jobs in N. Fl. say no to every new venture that would produce jobs. Why? Because they are safe and secure and can't feel the pain of the unemployed - until now. No place to run. No place to hide. Because you all have said "Not in My Neighborhood" for 3 decades.
  • by Careful Carol Location: Valdosta on Mar 25, 2011 at 03:45 AM
    We currently have a small solar plant in our community that is located just yards away from the proposed site for the biomass plant. The solar facility brings jobs to Georgians; all parts and labor is Georgia made. It brings no air emissions, no use of our precious water, and NO transport costs. The solar facility brings none of the health costs that the biomass plant would bring but it brings electricity. We simply need to make it larger and forget the biomass plant!!
  • by Miguel Location: Valdosta on Mar 25, 2011 at 03:02 AM
    Benjamin Franklin once said: "Waste not, want not." However, today's society is all about "want" and "waste", as consumerism and materialism rule the day. The most readily available source of energy we have is energy conservation and energy efficiency. The average US citizen uses about double the amount of energy as, say, a person in Western Europe. It is estimated that we could save as much as 43% of our energy consumption simply by being less wasteful. Nuclear is out of the question. It is not safe and we don't know what to do with the radioactive waste. The fossil fuels we so depend on are finite, and we will eventually run out of them (oil is first in about 40-50 years). Unless you have the mindset of a person simply saying "after me the deluge" you have to start looking for alternatives. We have renewable alternatives for energy production, such as solar, hydro, wind, geothermal, and tidal, always depending on where you live. Less than 1% of the globally incoming solar radiation alone would be sufficient for all our energy needs. Denmark covers 20% of its energy needs with wind, Norway more than 80% of its energy needs with hydro, Iceland much of its energy needs via geothermal. How can anyone with a clear mind still think that "incineration" or "burning" of anything for the production of energy is the way to go in the 21st century? That's the mindset of the Middle Ages. If we can send people to the Moon, and probes to Mars, if we can map the human DNA and clone sheep ... we can certainly do better than burning wood for the production of energy. Biomass incineration for the production of energy is completely inefficient, it pollutes the environment, and threatens the health of our communities, particularly our children and the elderly.
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