Weld Commissioners Suspend Operations At Heartland Biogas Plant
One of the country’s largest biogas plants will suspend operations. Weld County Commissioners voted unanimously to suspend operations at the Heartland Biogas Project until it obtains a valid permit to operate.
Heartland takes in cow manure and food scraps, converting them into natural gas. The process though can be smelly. Neighbors have raised about 600 complaints since the plant opened. They also began digging through operating regulations and identified an invalid permit called a certificate of designation. Even though there has been only one recorded odor violation at the plant, Weld Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer said the county couldn’t allow Heartland to continue operations without that permit.
“It is not easy to make this decision,” Kirkmeyer said. “I think it’s very grave and we’re all very disappointed with the decision that’s before us.”
Heartland officials say they have a valid permit, but need to transfer ownership because the plant was sold. Heartland Biogas said it will consider an appeal. It’s unclear what the suspension will mean for local dairies that send truckloads of cow manure to the plant every day.
Read More: Fed Up With The Smell, Neighbors Want The Weld County Biogas Project Shut Down
You want to know what is really going on these days, especially in Colorado. We can help you keep up. The Lookout is a free, daily email newsletter with news and happenings from all over Colorado. Sign up here and we will see you in the morning!