Valdosta, GA - The papers have been served. The Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority is moving ahead with a lawsuit against 'Wiregrass Power, LLC'.
They're suing for land that was once planned for the Biomass Plant which was later scrapped. The Industrial Authority owns the land and contracted Wiregrass to run the plant.
The Authority says the extended lease agreement ran out in June of last year, so that should put ownership of the land back in its hands.
Valdosta, GA - The vocal protests in Valdosta are long gone, but the controversy over the proposed Biomass plant lingers. This time not for concerns of health safety, but over the land.
The Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority plans to sue Wiregrass Power LLC to end its contract.
"The Industrial Authority has taken this action to ensure that we have a clear title to the land that was originally proposed to Wiregrass Power," said Allan Ricketts, Project Manager for the Industrial Authority. "So that we can pursue economic development opportunities to create jobs and capital investments in Valdosta and Lowndes County."
The Industrial Authority owns the land and contracted Wiregrass Power to run the plant, but the biomass plans were scrapped and a Solar Plant was built instead.
The Authority says the extended lease agreement ran out in June 2011, so that should put ownership of the land back in its hands. Wiregrass tried to buy the land from the Authority in May 2011, just five days before the deadline. The Authority denied Wiregrass the purchase, saying the company was already in default because a "failure in performance."
Wiregrass denies any allegations the Authority has made regarding the agreement. Their attorney says they were not in default and they complied with every deadline.
The proposed Biomass Plant was supposed to be a low-cost source of efficient energy. Supporters say it would have created hundreds of jobs. But opponents say the health risks include cancer, lung disease and respiratory disease.