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Oneida tribal committee backs gasification plant


ONEIDA, WI (WTAQ) - Members of the Oneida Nation's Business Committee voted Thursday to continue supporting efforts to build a waste-to-energy facility.

Resolution 12-08-10-B lays out backing of a project to build a gasification facility which aims, "to generate about 4 to 10 megawatts of electricity for 3,000 to 5,000 residential homes to be sold to Wisconsin Public Service."

What the resolution doesn't say is specifically where this plant will be constructed.

Tribal Council Chair Ed Delgado proposed rescinding the resolution of support, but a majority of members voted against the action. 

The resolution says, "the Oneida Business Committee enthusiastically supports this project and will work with OSGC and Oneida Energy to help them realize the opportunity and to locate the facility on a site that is most desireable."

The Green Bay City Council revoked a conditional use permit for Oneida Seven Generations Corporation back in October for the plant on Hurlbut Street. The council felt OSGC lied about the nature of the project with regards to the existence of smokestacks and emissions. 

OSGC filed a lawsuit, but a Brown County judge ruled in favor of the city and its reasons for pulling the permit. 

Initial reports indicated that support among members of the Oneida Business Committee was dwindling. 

OSGC says it will appeal and has moved forward with a lawsuit seeking damages of more than $4 million.