Resistance to biogas plant enlargement in Witteförden (GER)

Local residents resistance against planned enlargement (0,8-1,2 MW) of Biogas plant on nearby Farmsted.

Ongoing conflict? yes
Conflict type Bioenergy plants
Resources animal waste, agricultural residues
Issues 1 social, 2 ecological, 3 economical, 4 cultural
Keywords biogas plant, local protest, enlargement, Germany
Start date 2013
End date
Reason(s) for conflict Fear of residents of increasing traffic (2 more deliveries/day claimed by producer) on narrow village road (noise, damages, security), gas leakage in case o accident and threats to nearby potable water protection area.
Intensity public debate
What are the stakeholders' conflicting values or interests locals are opposing the enlargement of bioplant
Barriers for dialogue the alternative view upon the issue
Forums for dialogue Information events at Biogasplant
Suggestions for conflict resolution / transformation open dialog and presentation of alternative scenarious
Comments Municipality was against building of plant in 2011 but decision is made by regional authorities in Germany (plant outside of settlement area). Now municipality stresses that in case of rejection municipality looses tax revenue and plant will be moved just across municipal border so negative effects might remain without gains.