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ConAgra Ethanol Plant, NM

STATUS: Canceled

TYPE: Ethanol

OPPOSITION: Concerned Citizens for Curry County; NAACP; League of United Latin American Citizens

PROSPECTS: Unlikely; project canceled

BACKGROUND: ConAgra planned to build an ethanol plant located in Clovis. The plant would have created about 60 high-wage jobs, and cost an estimated $200 million. The plant, first proposed in mid-2006, would have produced 110 million gallons of ethanol a year. The project ran into resident opposition because the plant site bordered the town.

The state Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) previously approved the plant, but local residents objected to the plant’s location on the edge of town. Because the plant’s proximity to the town limits was not disclosed, EIB ordered a hearing. However, before the hearing was held, ConAgra announced that it was canceling the project in Clovis, citing poor economic conditions and rising business costs.  

SOURCES: Rueters: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN2362524520080123;
Biofuels Digest: http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/blog2/2008/01/23/conagra-scuttles-100-mgy-corn-ethanol-project-in-clovis-new-mexico-cites-building-costs-ethanol-margins/;
Albuquerque Journal: http://www.abqjournal.com/news/apethanol01-22-08.htm

Last updated November 19, 2010