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Proposed methane plant in west Louisville draws strong debate at community meeting

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A vote on the proposed methane plant in West Louisville has been delayed. 

The Board of Zoning Adjustment heard testimony Monday night and early Tuesday morning from people for and against a bio digester at 17th and Maple Streets, next to Heaven Hill distilleries. The meeting ended around 2 a.m. Tuesday. 

The multi-million dollar methane plant would take leftover grain from the distilling process and convert it into biogas.

Those against it say the new plans, just released Friday, include changes from the original layout like an extra biodigester tank, a larger building and a gas flare that's moved closer to residents. In total, 32 people signed up to speak against the plant Monday.

"I'm going to trust this?" asked Clifton English, who opposes the plant. 

"I don't care how good of technology. I don't care how good your engineers are. That's a project that's not welcome in west Louisville."

The project planner says the tanks are sealed, so there's no smell to worry about, the gas would be covered and a maximum of 10 delivery trucks would visit the site daily.

"They can be a great asset to us in getting jobs for our young men," said Charles Elliott, who is in favor of the plant. "That's why I'm definitely supportive ... I'm very satisfied that it will be safe enough."

The board decided to call another neighborhood meeting next month, and the vote was delayed until then.

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