Show me the money on biogas facility!
The “farmers” building this site have no experience with methane, yet they claim they will be the soul operators of this facility. They claim they will build the top of the line plant using negative air technology to control the smells that are omitted from the cocktail of food waste and manure. Top of the line means big dollars, this group will be relying on bank loans and kickbacks from Fortis. So what happens when the projected costs for the project go over budget? This isn’t a project with provincial backing, it is a project that is privately funded. Cutbacks will mean a reduction to the top of the line technologies and instead a building put together just to get it done.
Secondly, I hope the CVRD will be responsible enough to realize the costs that will be required to upgrade the road systems into and around this plant. Public tax dollars will be required to upgrade LaFortune Road to handle the huge trucks that will be entering 15-30 time per day. This is a narrow road, it doesn’t even have a centre line planted on it. The turn from Telegraph is tight, even the present milk semi-truck that picks up at Mr. Larson’s dairy farm has a tough time accessing and leaving. Exiting Lafortune on to Telegraph is a blind corner and in the winter the slight incline means you have to run the stop sign to get on Telegraph Road. To top it all off, the school children are dropped off on this corner! Big trucks and children — not a great mix! Mr. Larson claims, “We thought it would be championed by the neighbours,” however his greed for the mighty dollar makes him blind to the fact this is a residential area.