Bridgewater Township’s struggle with Progressive Rail over a proposed ethanol plant is covered in tomorrow’s StarTribune South section.
Advanced BioEnergy hopes to produce 100 million gallons of ethanol per year. According to an Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy study, it takes 3.5 to 6 gallons of water for every gallon of ethanol produced. The proposed ethanol plant will therefore use between 350 and 600 million gallons of water per year, a question that Locally Grown tried to pursue in its podcast on the topic.
According to the article, Progressive Rail President Dave Fellon told the town board this spring that if the ethanol plant isn’t built, a rail company could pursue industrial use of the land without local approval. Bridgewater is currently considering this “reality”.