BioEnergy opponents canvass Seaford residents on expansion of facility
SEAFORD, Del. BioEnergy’s proposed facility expansion in Seaford has environmental groups and residents speaking out. Food and Water Watch Delaware, the Delaware Working Families Party, and Green New Deal for Delaware are canvassing neighborhoods near the proposed facility.
The facility is designed to take in poultry waste and turn it into renewable gas and compost. However, environmental advocates say the proposed idea would “Entrench factory farming and create more traffic and pollution for communities.”
That’s why opponents say they’re hoping to collect signatures for a petition to stop the expansion, that would be sent to Governor John Carney. “I think that we already have issues with clean water here as you know Blades has been severely affected by the water issues since as long as I’ve lived here and I’ve lived here for 20 years,” says Seaford resident, Susan Clifford. She adds, “I moved here for the atmosphere that this area offers and this will completely diminish all that I moved here for.”
Clifford tells 47 ABC when news broke of a new Biogas facility coming to Seaford, she was beyond upset and said the facility wouldn’t just harm the environment but create more traffic.
Although BioEnergy is currently in the permitting process with DNREC and has gained support from other local environmental groups such as DE Center for Inland Bays, opponents say, there are too many potential issues that would do more harm than good. “And they’re also putting this in an area where there are black and brown people which are very poor and they don’t have the resources nor the time to spend to fight this program,” says Clifford.
Canvassers say they’ll be meeting at Starbucks in Seaford every weekend to educate residents, and hopefully gain more signatures.
They also encourage residents to reach out to Governor Carney’s office.