St. Paul recycling plant wins OK to power itself with biogas

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  • Updated: November 19, 2008 - 10:53 PM

The St. Paul City Council supports a Port Authority plan to pipe rural biogas to urban paper recycler Rock-Tenn in an effort to keep the company's 475 jobs in the city.

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digalvinNov. 19, 08 9:58 PM

First, a pipeline from here to where? Whose land is going to get emenent domained and dug up? Seems the burner will still get built, just not in Midway -- so what "rural area" is going to get that in their back yard? How is this the best option for anybody except the immediate Rock-Tenn vacinity? Where's the money coming from -- you know that bond's not going to cover it all right? How long will it take to build? So many questions, so few column inches and nobody left at STrib to ask or answer....

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mceacurryNov. 20, 08 9:22 PM

Digalvin, I love the skepticism, but having invested a bazillion hours into this, I hope it proves to be unfounded. St. Paul is talking to a dozen or so rural entities that produce massive organic waste -- crop residue, manure, etc. They already exist -- no need for eminent domain. The waste would not only be recycled as energy and/or feed for livestock but the gas given off as it is decomposed by microorganisms would be directed to the existing natural gas pipeline grid. It is that gas that burns cleanly which would be used in St. Paul. There is no burner being moved elsewhere. So the bottom line is: Clean air in st. paul Jobs in st. paul Jobs in rural minn Recycling of rural organic matter Reduced greenhouse gas emissions Minnesota's largest recycler secures the most economical energy input. If you need to chat, feel free to call 651-253-5691. Like I say I was involved but I'm not city nor Rock Tenn.

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