In the May 20, 2009, issue of your newspaper, in a story entitled "LGR: Make decisions 'based on facts,' " a representative from Liberty Green Renewables was quoted saying that the Sierra Club supports the renewable energy technology to be used at the company's proposed biomass-to-electricity plant in Milltown. This statement is misleading.
While the Sierra Club supports some types of electricity generation using biomass as a fuel, the club's Hoosier Chapter is concerned that the proposed Liberty Green facility may use biomass that we don't support for power generation, by logging native forests for that purpose.
Furthermore, the chapter has strong reservations about the wisdom of placing any type of electricity-generation facility on karst topography, which is what LGR proposes to do in Milltown. Great precautions need to be taken on karst to protect groundwater and we are unsure that the LGR facility would be appropriate at the proposed location. We want to make sure that the facility won't have a water discharge that could adversely impact the nearby Blue River, which is one of the state's Outstanding State Resource Waters.
We would be happy to talk with LGR representatives about their proposal and have them address our concerns. To this point, no one from the company has contacted the Hoosier Chapter.
Bowden Quinn, Conservation Program Coordinator Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club
May 27, 2009