Signs help RAGE beef up anti-biogas message

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A community group opposed to a proposed biogas plant coming to the former Bicks tank farm continues its fight against the project.

Residents Against Green Energy, also known as RAGE, have been busy plastering the countryside with hand-painted signs showing their opposition to a proposal that would see a site on Brantford Road be converted into a biogas generating facility.

Group spokesperson Tina Binder said the group is looking for donations of plywood to keep up with demand for signs.

“We are getting a lot of requests for signs and there are already a lot of signs up,” she said.

Some of the most popular signs are “From pickles to Pampers” and an octagon-shaped sign that reads “STOP biogas.”

Binder said the signs are important because it keeps the issue in people's minds.

“We don't want people to forget,” she said. “You would be surprised how much talk there is when one new sign goes up.”

The group has also collected nearly 2,000 signatures on a petition they plan to present to Queen's Park.

Binder said the group will continue its work, despite the apparent lack of progress by Erie Biogas Cogeneration and Organics Processing Inc, the company that purchased the former pickle farmer earlier this year.

“We don't know where they are or what their intentions are because they won't return any calls,” said Binder.

Patrick Forbes, general manager of Trade 360, the parent company of Erie Biogas Cogeneration and Organics Processing Inc. told the News-Record that the company has still not applied for approval from the Ministry of the Environment under the Green Energy Act to move ahead with the project.

“We are waiting until all our funding is arranged,” he said in a telephone interview.

Forbes said the project is at a standstill until then but is continuing to work on engineering plans.

In February, Forbes told the News-Record the company was two to three years away from operation. That projection still stands.

“We are still on track for that,” he said.

Sarah Doktor

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