STATUS: In progress with opposition
OPPOSITION: Citizens for Groundwater Protection
PROSPECTS: Prolonged delay
BACKGROUND: Gulfstream Bioflex Energy (GBE) announced its plans for the $165 million ethanol plant in 2006. The battle against the plant started shortly after when a group of residents filed suit against the developer, claiming the plant's planned use of more than a million gallons a day of water from a deep aquifer would harm their water supply.
When the State Appeals Court ruled in favor of Gulfstream, the Citizens for Groundwater Protection appealed the ruling to the Missouri Supreme Court. In February 2009, the Court denied the group’s request to hear the case on appeal. On March 31,2009, the judge in the case ordered that GBE could collect on the $25,000 bond posted by the plaintiffs when securing the temporary restraining order against GBE to keep the company from drilling into the aquifer. The order cited more than $60,000 in damages to be recoverable from the bond.
Although GBE received its first clean air permit from the Missouri DNR in April 2008, however as of March 2009, there were no signs that the site is being prepped for construction.
SOURCES: STL Today: http://www.fuelsandenergy.com/reprints/IowaEthanolPlants_SLPD.pdf;
Springfield Business Journal: http://sbj.net/main.asp?SectionID=18&SubSectionID=23&ArticleID=84523&TM=46194.71;
Last updated November 18, 2010