Protest against biomass plant in Vermont

Pownal Vermont is the proposed home of a 29 MW biomass plant and wood pellet facility. People in Pownal and neighboring Massachusetts are vigorously protesting the biomass plant. If the company breaks ground for the plant before the end of the year, the developers may be eligible for $50 to $80 million in federal grants.

Ongoing conflict? no
Conflict type Bioenergy plants
Resources solid wood
Issues 1 social, 2 ecological, 3 economical, 4 cultural
Keywords wood energy, protest, North America
Start date 2010
End date 2011
Reason(s) for conflict
Intensity public debate
What are the stakeholders' conflicting values or interests people are strongly opposing the biomass production in the area for several reasons: - biomass plants used as incinerators - biomass plants starting fires in neighboring areas - particulate from biomass escaping the very best scrubbers, and lodging in people's lungs
Barriers for dialogue different views and position upon the planned facility of potential investor and local people
Forums for dialogue independent assessment on environmental, societal and economical issues in relation to proposed facility (SWOT analysis)
Suggestions for conflict resolution / transformation open and trustworthy dialog