I’d heard a rumor that some sort of lawsuit about the biomass site
was the subject of some of the Industrial Authority executive
sessions for real estate discussions.
VLCIA has finally said in public what their position is.
The Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority plans to send a
petition to Lowndes County Superior Court to sue Wiregrass Power,
LLC, for a clear title on the land purchased for the development of
a biomass energy plant.
The Authority believes Wiregrass defaulted on a lease agreement to
build the plant, placing ownership of the 22.22-acre tract back in
their hands, but Wiregrass denies the allegations. This denial casts
“a cloud” of suspicion on the Authority that may prevent
it from re-marketing the property, according to the petition,
leading to the suit.
Sounds like they’re publicizing their intent
to try to scare Sterling off without having to sue.
I’m for that.
The member who hardly ever speaks at board meetings makes a strong case for openness.
called me back about the biomass plant,
and we talked about a number of other matters.
He remarked that he was not an appointed spokesperson for the Industrial
Authority, so this is just him talking.
The premise, and the promise, were brilliant in their simplicity:
Turn tree waste into fuel, help break the Middle Eastern choke hold on
America’s economy and bring hundreds of jobs to rural Georgia.
What wasn’t there to like?
Plenty, starting with the closing last month of the Range Fuels cellulosic
ethanol factory that promised to help make Georgia a national leader
in alternative energy production. Then there’s the money — more
than $162 million in local, state and federal grants, loans and other
subsidies committed to the venture.
Hm, who was involved in that?
“Range Fuels represents a new future for our country,” proclaimed
then-Gov. Sonny Perdue, flanked by dignitaries and beauty queens. “With
Georgia’s vast, sustainable and renewable forests, we will lead the
“Georgia’s status as the nation’s Bioenergy Corridor continues to
grow with the location of a renewable energy power plant in Valdosta,”
said Governor Perdue. “Our vast supply of biomass, technology innovations
and business-friendly environment are very attractive to companies such
as Wiregrass Power.”
EPD will hold a question and-answer (Q&A) session and a public hearing on Tuesday,
April 27, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room in the Valdosta City Hall Annex. The city hall annex is located at 300 N. Lee Street.
The subject is “on Proposed
Biomass-Fired Power Plant Application Submitted by WireGrass Power, LLC”