Poultry litter to natural gas plant gets OK from Sussex; Next up, DNREC permitting

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The Sussex County Council  voted unanimously  in favor of Bioenergy Devco’s (BDC) conditional use application for a poultry waste biogas system in Seaford.

The council had delayed a vote following lengthy comments from opponents and supporters of the project. 

BDC’s digester would be located at a former Perdue site that processed poultry litter for reuse.

Critics, led by Washington, DC-based Food and Water Watch, claimed the digester project was dangerous and  bad for the environment. The group typically opposes projects involving natural gas, but usually focuses on hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”

Supporters, including some in the environmental community,  said the plant would reduce nutrients getting into the water supply and supply renewable fuel.

BDC is the developer of anaerobic digestion facilities that create renewable energy and soil products from organic material. The digester produces natural gas.

Dover-based Chesapeake Utilities has agreed to truck the natural gas to points in its natural gas distribution system.

BDC’s application will go in front of the Delaware Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

“We are very pleased with the decision made by the Sussex County Council regarding our application for conditional use. The BIC will provide a much-needed alternative to organic material management in the area,” stated Peter Ettinger, chief development officer for BDC. “Not only will the facility reduce land application and poultry organics from going into landfills, but it will also turn these organics into renewable natural gas and digestate an organic, a virtually odorless soil amendment. We look forward to the opportunity to present our application to DNREC.”
On Saturday, May 8th, BDC is hosting an International Composting Week open house at the Seaford site. Both community members and the media are welcome to attend.
BDC is  developing four facilities in the United States. For more information visit www.bioenergydevco.com.
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