No Woolwich funding for biogas group (Woolwich Observer, 14 December 2013)

From the Woolwich Observer , 14 December 2013, page 5 (61.2 MByte PDF of entire issue; article not online)

No Woolwich funding for biogas group

In order to draw on a $25,000 letter of credit posted by Woolwich Bio-En, the citizen liaison committee (CLC) created to provide public input wants Woolwich council to put up the same amount.

Under the Environmental Review Tribunal of Ontario decision that created the group, it can only draw money put up by the company if it’s matched dollar-for-dollar by contributions for the public or by Woolwich Township. Furthermore, the money can be used only to fund technical, engineering or scientific advice or review.

Discussing the request made by CLC member Marg Tassy Kreller, councillors meeting this week expressed concerns about the arrangement, despite her assurances the group would be unlikely to draw on the money, preferring to “play nice in the sandbox” with the operators of an Elmira biogas plant now under construction.

Councillors didn’t appear ready, however, to turn over public money to a group that, unlike the Chemtura Public Advisory Committee (CPAC), isn’t under the control of the township.

“I’m concerned about a non-committee of council having access to public funds,” said Coun. Mark Bauman.

Councillors turned down the request, looking for more information.

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