ONEIDA - Remember the plan by Oneida Seven Generation Corporation to build a waste-to-energy plant in the city of Green Bay? That ran into trouble when the city revoked its conditional use permit last fall. And now plans to build a plastics-to-energy plant on tribal land is also running into opposition.
A petition to block the company from building a plant on reservation land will be put before the tribe.
Opponents say they don't want any plants built on tribal land.
"Your concern is a lack of transparency?" FOX 11 asked Leah Dodge, the circulator of the petition. "Absolutely," she responded.
Dodge started the petition among the Oneida Tribe in January.
For the General Tribal Council to direct the tribe's business committee to stop the OSGC from building a plant on tribal land; be it "gasification," "waste-to-energy," or "plastics recycling."
"I'm hoping the business committee can step up and do this job of protecting the Oneida people," said Dodge.
People, Dodge says the company misled. Dodge says the OSGC has not been truthful about the possible environmental impact of this project.
"It would be a form of genocide against Indian people, and for them to continue to propose this incinerator."
Bobbi Webster, spokeswoman for the Oneida Nation, says Dodge's petition will be reviewed by the General Tribal Council and presented to tribe members.
"There will be an opportunity for the General Tribal Council to question, to ask, to participate and whether or not there will be a decision made is up to the General Tribal Council," Webster said.
OSGC responded to FOX 11's request for comment with an emailed statement:
"Oneida Seven Generations Corporation is bound by Tribal law and processes that the Oneida Tribe has set forth for development on the reservation. The corporation has followed and continues to follow the tribal process set forth by the Tribe."
This isn't the first hurdle the company has faced.
In October, the city of Green Bay revoked the company's conditional use permit for a similar facility near Hurlbut Street.
Some felt the public and the city were misled about the initial plans, including emissions and the use of stacks.
The OSGC filed a lawsuit in response.
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