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Nature’s Methane Address Anaerobic Digester Project Concerns at Louisville Community Meeting

08.07.2015

In an attempt to help combat community concerns fueled largely by misinformation, members of Seed Capital Kentucky and Nature’s Methane (represented by BGD partner Brian D. Zoeller) accepted a request by Councilwoman Mary Woolridge to tell the community about their anaerobic digester projects and also to entertain questions at the recent Louisville Urban League informative community meeting in West Louisville.

During the informative meeting representatives from the Food Port and Nature’s Methane gave overviews of their projects and the benefits they would provide. However, according to Insider Louisville, a passionate and vocal audience articulated their frustration with how they feel West Louisville is neglected, citing these projects as examples of that. Many of the 50 to 75 audience members aired frustration and anger over how they feel West Louisville is overlooked and not taken seriously.

"I don't think that anybody disputes that natural energy is good for the city of Louisville," said District 1 Councilwoman Jessica Green. But the councilwoman who represents Rubbertown also said residents are weary of dealing with heavy industry and environmental impacts, including odors and carcinogens.

According to the Courier-Journal, Zoeller on behalf of Nature’s Methane addressed concerns about health and odor and the legacy of heavy industry in the West End, saying that the anaerobic digesters are sealed, air is cleaned in the facility, the trucks will be washed down before exit and trucks will be sealed during transit.

Following the meeting, Zoeller discussed the audience frustration and next steps, according to The Lane Report.

“Wow, it was a very charged room and you could see the anger and frustration in their faces,” said Zoeller. “I thought this meeting was going to be about the facts, but believe it or not, after hearing all the remarks, I get their frustration. With all the disparities and un-kept promises made toward the people of West Louisville, I would be passionate, too, if someone new comes to my neighborhood promising to do right. I just hope over the coming weeks, that those who are really concerned will take a serious look at our plan, and what we are proposing. I think they will see we have been honest with them and that our projects have real value.”

The technology behind two anaerobic digester plants proposed for the West End and the West Louisville FoodPort are the topic of another community forum that will take place on August 12 from 6-8:30 p.m. at 1600 West St. Catherine Street. This second meeting is hosted by Councilman David James.

Read “Biodigester sparks concern in West End” on The Courier-Journal website here.

Read “Frustrations erupt at community meeting about West Louisville projects” on the Lane Report website here.

Read “West Louisville residents ‘don’t want to be guinea pigs’ for proposed alternative energy project” on the Insider Louisville website here.

Watch "Food Port backers blasted at community meeting" on the Wave 3 News website here.

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