GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Groups opposing a gasification plant being built in Green Bay are taking their fight even further.
After two months, they've collected nearly 1,200 signatures.
Members of the Clean Water Action Council of North East Wisconsin, Incinerator Free Brown County and the Mather Heights Neighborhood Association are handing in petitions opposing plant, which would process household trash to produce energy.
"They're upset not necessarily because this is being built," explained Dean Hoegger, President of the Clean Water Action Council. "They are upset because they were misled about the project."
Hoegger feels the public was not involved enough in the permitting process, and believes the corporation is not disclosing all aspects of the plant.
"They tell citizens right to their face they're not going to burn tires and then we find tires in the permit application to the DNR," said Hoegger. "So we obviously have a lot of discrepancies here."
Oneida Seven Generations Corp. has already obtained all the proper state and federal permits In a statement, CEO Kevin Cornelius said, "It is a shame that there are people who are trying to create an atmosphere of distrust and fear by repeatedly misrepresenting the environmental effects of this project."
The tribe's public relations director said the petitions will go the Oneida Business Committee for review.
"We're almost at the end of that whole approval process so I don't see how this will impact it," Bobbi Webster said.
"The ultimate goal is for the tribe to say, maybe this isn't a good idea, and we should look elsewhere how to spend green energy money," added Hoegger.
The group leaders said they are now planning to boycott all tribal businesses.
Construction of the plant is expected to start sometime this spring.