As you know, Smithfield Foods and Dominion Energy have pledged to invest $500 million to capture methane from hog farms and convert it into renewable natural gas through a partnership known as Align Renewable Natural Gas
. The project’s initial efforts involve hundreds of farms in three states. Their first project (called the “BF Grady Road” project) will involve 19 farms in Duplin and Sampson counties.
A few nights ago, the NC Department of Environmental Quality held a virtual public meeting on the proposed air quality permit for the BF Grady Road facility. A number of farmers, lawmakers, economic development professionals, and other citizens of Duplin and Sampson Counties spoke in favor of the project.
But representatives of groups like the Waterkeepers and Southern Environmental Law Center were also there to speak in opposition. These groups refuse to support any innovations that help our farmers and make our industry more sustainable — no matter how much they will help the environment. They would rather kill the project and hold out hope that one day we will just go away.
One of the activists claimed that they would be delivering a petition to DEQ with more than 1,300 names of people who are opposed to the project.
And on Wednesday, the Natural Resources Defense Council sent out an action alert across social media urging people to send in comments to DEQ on the proposed Align permit saying, “Help NC residents who are being targeted by Smithfield Foods and Dominion Energy’s latest environmentally racist project.”
But please act now – the deadline to submit comments is Friday, November 20, at 5pm.