A tort claim of $30 million–legal action required prior to filing a suit against local government–has been filed against Ada County by the energy firm currently generating electricity at the landfill by capturing methane gas created from rotting garbage.
Through a couple of subsidiaries, Fortistar Methane Group has a contract to operate the gas-to-energy facility and a contract with Idaho Power to purchase the energy which nets Ada county about $250,000 a year.
As explained in several GUARDIAN posts regarding DYNAMIS ENERGY, there is a growing question about who owns the trash once it is abandoned at curbside. Fortistar is claiming the new deal with Dynamis promising 408 tons of daily trash will lower the production of methane to drive the engines Fortistar has in place. Dynamis seeks to build a facility they claim will “gasify” waste to create steam and spin an electric turbine. Ada County Commishes have loaned $2 million to Dynamis which must be repaid prior to construction.
Meanwhile the Republic Services folks who pick up most of the trash in the area assert the trash they pick up belongs to them. Republic has invested heavily in a recycle center west of Meridian with plans of selling the various treasures (paper, plastic, aluminum) harvested from what was once trash.
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