Future of Waste to Energy Plant Uncertain
The future of a "waste to energy" plant remains uncertain. "Oneida Seven Generations Corporation's bid to build a plant on tribal land was rejected Sunday. Now, OSCG Leaders won't say if they'll*continue to look for a home for the controversial projPhoto: Video by nbc26.com
ONEIDA-- The future of a "waste to energy" plant remains uncertain. Oneida Seven Generations Corporation's bid to build a plant on tribal land was rejected Sunday.
Now, OSCG Leaders won't say if they'll continue to look for a home for the controversial project.
OSGC is the business arm of the Oneida tribe, and for several years it has been trying to utilize new technology that would turn garbage into energy. It’s an idea that has now been rejected in four communities
"I think a lot of people understood from the get-go that this was bad for our reservation,” said tribal member Leah Dodge.
Dodge has been leading the charge against the project, Including a series of protests.
For Dodge and other opponents of the project, Sunday’s vote by tribal members was a major victory. But the fight isn't over.
"This was the first step in showing the rest of the world that the Oneida tribe isn't buying what the Oneida Seven Generations Corporation is selling,” Dodge said. “The next steps are to divest the tribe of the incineration business altogether.”
A lawsuit filed by OSGC against the city of Green Bay for revoking a permit to build a similar plant on the city’s west side is being appealed.
Regarding the Oneida site, a spokesperson for the tribe tells NBC26 “Tribal members have made their position clear - we have more questions than answers and until that changes, members are uncomfortable supporting the proposed facility.”
OSGC leaders refused to comment on the future of the project.