OPPOSITION: Local residents
BACKGROUND: Boot Hill Biofuels and Conestoga Energy Partners LLC announced in August 2006 plans for a 110 million gallon per year ethanol plant to be built a mile east of the unincorporated town of Wright, Kansas. Construction was originally to begin in June 2007 with a completion date of September 2008.
The proposal drew immediate opposition from local residents, who ultimately sued the county in January 2007 in an unsuccessful lawsuit to halt construction of the plant. Their concerns were the water-intensive corn crops, depletion of rural aquifers and memories of the Dust Bowl. Boot Hill Biofuels was forced to delay construction until completion of the NIMBY lawsuit.
In December 2008, Boot Hill Biofuels was the recipient of an involuntary bankruptcy petition, which has since been converted to a Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Boot Hill Biofuels is optimistic it will be able to resume the project once bankruptcy is complete, but there is no timetable yet. As of January 2009, construction has not started.
SOURCES: Dodge City Globe: http://www.dodgeglobe.com/news/x512381999/Boot-Hill-Biofuels-lists-4-million-in-debt;
Ethanol Producer Magazine: http://www.ethanol-producer.com/article.jsp?article_id=3854&q=&page=all;
World Fuels: http://www.worldfuels.com/newsletters/Ethanol-Biofuels-News/XX/50/Involuntary-bankruptcy-sought-Boot-Hill-Biofuels_17817
Last updated November 15, 2010