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Biomass Plant May Relocate

By: Liza Park Email
By: Liza Park Email

There's been a canceled public forum, another quickly arranged meeting and then a letter from the biomass company. They all jumped into the picture on Monday, but none gives the situation any more clarity.
The BG&E biomass energy company is close to receiving permits to build a biomass, gas and electric plant on Florida State University property near Innovation Park in Tallahassee.
But BG&E says emotional controversy from nearby residents and members of the community at large is forcing them to seek another location.
In a letter BG&E sent to Tallahassee Mayor John Marks Monday, the company president writes "Unfortunately this includes moving the project and all of its socio-economic benefits out of Leon County."
But it also reads "We intend to explore the possibility of asking FSU to remove this project from the FSU master plan."
And Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor has a problem with this.
"This is not acceptable. I will continue to treat this as an active application to site a biomass plant as long as it remains a part of the FSU master plan," says Proctor.
BG&E spokesperson Michelle Ubben says nothing is completely off the table, but the company is now exploring other options.
"If the controversy surrounding the siting of the project on Roberts Avenue is insurmountable, the company feels that it has no choice but to look at sites outside of Leon County," explains Ubben.
But some folks in Tallahassee say this new information doesn't really clear up the confusion and questions people have.
"As we saw things unfold over the last couple of weeks, this community was pretty unsettled. I think a lot of that could have been averted. I think thee are things that could have been done early on to work with the community," says Stephen Hogge, president of the Tallahassee Council of Neighborhood Associations.
A public forum was scheduled for tonight... but was canceled.
Hogge was an organizer and says his understanding was that BG&E was not going to build in Leon County so the meeting was canceled... but that may not be the case now.
An impromptu meeting was put together though. It's at 6:30 at the Amtrak station community room.


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