Ethanol plant may harm deer
- ROMULUS, N.Y., March 14 Plans for an ethanol plant in upstate New York have
worried conservationists who say the site chosen may affect a rare white
deer, the New York Times reports. The $115 million ethanol and biodiesel
plant near the deer preserve, located near the Finger Lakes region, is
expected to create 15o jobs in an area where unemployment is high.
The land is on a former Army munitions depot and the developers plan to buy
nearly half -- 4,700 acres - to build a plant and plant crops that would be
converted to fuel, the Times report said Wednesday.
This is a grave situation, Dennis J. Money, the chairman of the conservation
group Seneca White Deer, told the newspaper. This is the only place in the
world you can see 300 white deer. A herd like this will probably never
happen again.Money says his group wants the ethanol center to be built on
the rim of the property so most of the land remains intact, thereby
preserving the animals' habitat. If his group cannot persuade the plant's
developers to move the project, the matter will be taken to court, he said.
Supporters of the plant, however, say it won't harm the deer.
We are all environmentalists, Glenn R. Cooke, the executive director of the
Seneca County Industrial Development Agency, told the Times. We are not
doing any detriment to the deer herd.His agency must approve the project,
which he supports.
Ethanol makes sense, he said. One of the developers of the plant, Empire
Green Biofuels, said it was committed to maintaining the habitat of the
deer, but added the animals would adapt to the center.
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