Thursday, November 06, 2008
Bryan City Council set to vote on methane-to-gas project
Bryan City Council members are scheduled to vote Tuesday on a project that would preserve the environment and save more than $40,000 per month.
Bryan Texas Utilities put in the best proposal for the project, which would convert methane to gas at the landfill on Rock Prairie Road owned by Bryan and College Station.
Bryan officials have been waiting more than a year for College Station to agree to a contract with BTU so the methane-to-gas project can proceed. In the meantime, the cities could have saved roughly half a million dollars by implementing methane-to-gas conversion.
Bryan officials are ready to take action but continue to be frustrated with the City of College Station’s delays with the proposed contract.
“This contract has been discussed to death,” said Mayor Mark Conlee. “We have an opportunity to undertake one of the largest green initiatives in the region and possibly the state; an opportunity that makes fiscal sense. The City of College Station initiated this contract well over a year ago but unfortunately has not yet taken action on it.”
“We are deeply concerned that College Station is refusing to agree to a measure that would help preserve the environment, a measure that is fiscally responsible for our citizens,” said Bryan City Manager David Watkins. “We don’t understand why they would ignore something that clearly would benefit our community.”
The effect of the project on the environment would be akin to planting 2,200 acres of trees annually for 15 years – or removing emissions from more than 1,500 vehicles.
“There is tremendous value in developing alternate energy sources and lessening our dependence on oil,” said BTU Group Manager Gary Miller. “We’ve been talking about this for months. We’re ready to proceed, but we can’t until College Station agrees to do what’s right.”
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