Questions Remain For Residents Over Biomass Plant Planned For Sam Black

By Robert Bordelon

Diesel manufacturing is coming soon to a site near Sam Black Church. Groundbreaking is expected in spring 2018 by the Greenbrier County Commission and representatives of the potential factory's owners, PPD of WV One. The West Virginia Economic Development Authority (WVEDA) has passed a resolution to allow PPD of WV One to sell bonds to fund construction of the plant, up to $80 million worth in potential fundraising. Questions, however, remain for locals in the Sam Black Church area about the potential effects of the plant, from ecological impacts to new jobs created. A group of residents approached the Greenbrier County Commission about blocking the plant, saying it would have major implications for their properties and families.

The facility takes advantage of Cellulose to Hydrogen Power (ChyP), a technology created by Proton Power, a Tennessee-based company, which uses biomasses, things like plant materials and wood, to synthesize #1 diesel fuel. The method also produces another product called Biochar, a carbon-based product that is used in both agriculture and manufacturing.

Read more in the Thursday, November 30, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.

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