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ROGERSVILLE, Mo. -- Residents of this southwest Missouri
town are fighting a proposed $165 million ethanol plant, fearing it
will sap underground water supplies that supply their wells.
Gulfstream Bioflex Energy has a contract to purchase 250 acres of
property east of Rogersville. But the contract, which expires Nov.
15, is contingent on a test well determining that enough water is
Several residents have sued, seeking to stop the company from
drilling the test well.
More than 150 people -- most wearing United We Stand stickers --
turned out in Webster County to find out whether Judge John W. Bill
Sims would extend an order that temporarily stalled drilling after
plaintiffs made a $25,000 bond to cover any costs from the work
But the company filed a motion seeking a different judge.
That means the earlier temporary restraining order was no longer
in effect and couldn't be renewed by Sims. Drilling may resume on the
test well being dropped by GBE at the site, he said.
"We are going to push as hard as we can to get this case in front
of a new judge as soon as possible," said William H. McDonald,
attorney for the plaintiffs.
GBE's attorney, Bryan Wade, contended in testimony that the
plaintiffs had no standing to ask for a restraining order.
He also stated the standard for a temporary restraining order --
immediate, independent and irreparable damage to property -- cannot
Wade said no one knows what effect the test well or a working
ethanol plant will have on neighboring wells.
"There has been a lot of misinformation out there," Wade said
after the hearing.
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