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Weld County officials move up date for biogas hearing

Catherine Sweeney
csweeney@greeleytribune.com

Weld County officials pushed up the hearing date for a biogas facility that received hundreds of complaints about stinky emissions.

It will now take place at 9 a.m. Dec. 19 at the county administration building, 1150 0 St.

Heartland Biogas has been under the county's microscope because of its facility outside LaSalle. There, the company takes in different kinds of waste, puts them in heated "digesters" and uses bugs to turn the trash into gas.

Although the plant initially received strong support for its innovative and environmentally friendly technology, nearby residents have been up in arms for much of the year because of a strong, sour stench that wafts onto their properties.

Heartland could lose its permit and have to shut down if the final hearing doesn't go its way.

After an hours-long hearing on Monday, officials scheduled the next hearing, which could be the last, for Dec. 31. The company's attorneys later told officials they couldn't attend on that date because of scheduling conflicts, County Attorney Bruce Barker said a regular board meeting Wednesday morning.

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Multiple commissioners said they believed the company was just trying to give itself more time.

"We did not receive any comment that day when we were setting the next hearing," Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer said.

The letter asked for the next hearing to take place sometime in January.

"There is actually no date in there, for January even," Kirkmeyer said. "They just suggest we move it to January. To me, it looked like a stall tactic."

Leaders moved the hearing up two days. Some questioned whether the attorneys would be available on that Monday if they weren't that Wednesday.

"If their legal counsel can't be here, they can be here," Commissioner Julie Cozad said.

They could show up and ask for a continuance then, she said.