Hi Silo, Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you, but this fight really takes up a lot of my time and sometimes I spread myself too thin. This company known as Trade 360 (Corporation) also known as Erie Biogas Cogeneration and Organics Processing Facility intent to purchase this property from Smuckers and turn it into a Biogas Cogeneration Facility. They indicate that this transaction will close on December 14th, 2012. They indicate that it is a great way to repurpose this site, and a great way to re-use 600 fibreglass tanks that were intended for pickles. Not garbage. I attach an aerial picture of the Bicks plant.
They further state that it is organic material from green bins that they will be bringing in from Toronto and other large cities, but when I think of green bin waste, I do not think of diapers (not just little Susie’s diapers, but Susie’s grandma’s diapers) used feminine products, animal waste and and dead animals. You can smell it already. It makes me think of all the bbq’s that will no longer happen at my house if this proposal get the approval from the Ontario Power Authority and then the Ministry of Environment.
This is a green energy application and the Municipality does not have a say in this proposal. This company has come before Council and has made a presentation, but they did not ask for Council’s endorsement of the project.
Apparently the OPA likes it when the Municipality endorses a project and tends to forge ahead with projects that Municipalities ok. We have been to council 2 times already and we will keep going back just to re-enforce the issue as well as to let them know that this idea stinks in more ways than one.
This property borders Big Creek and the possibility of the tanks breaking and entering into the water table is high. Some of the neighbours surrounding Bicks, have their sand points only 4 feet in the ground. Our farm abuts the Bicks property, and our point is 18 feet in the ground. This could be an environmental nightmare. I attach a link to the Agri – Canada Site that has a map that they have prepared called areas vulnerable to groundwater contamination. It is a large map, but if you look at Norfolk County and specifically the area where Bicks is, this area is highlighted. Click the link, and the map is the very last map on this page.
I have attached a copy of the the most recent info sheet that was prepared, as well as a copy of the info sheet dated September 6 and the contact sheet attached. These were put in people’s mailboxes in an attempt to give them a brief over view of what is going on.
Also check out our face book page at the following link. You can check out the many articles written in the paper about the issue on our facebook page. We just started the site on Friday, but we suggest that you tell all of your facebook friends about this issue.
Also, we are having a public information session on Thursday November 22nd, 2012 at the Teeterville Legion from 7 to 9 pm in an effort the let the public know what is going on, and how they can help us stop this.
We have a petition started, and I have almost 900 signatures in my possession in an effort to stop this. This petition can be found at the Vanessa Store, the La Salette Store and Partner Automotive in Delhi, Ontario.