Locals join fight

Published 3:44 am Monday, January 22, 2007

By By Kerry Whipple Bean – publisher
A Conecuh County group fighting a proposed landfill is hoping to use green ribbons to symbolize its cause. And don't be surprised if you see some of those ribbons in Escambia County, as well.
The grassroots group is expanding its membership to try to recruit residents in Escambia and Monroe counties, areas it says will be affected if the landfill project goes through.
Conecuh County commissioners have voted against the landfill project, which developers said would be designed to protect the environment and would generate up to $267 million in host fees to the county over the next six decades. The out-of-state developers have optioned 5,000 acres between Range and Repton along Alabama Highway 41.
Although the commissioners oppose the project, Andrews said he is concerned the developers will not give up their plans. &#8220We have tried to convince the commission this doesn't make any money,” he said.
Andrews said the group will use green ribbons on businesses and cars as a &#8220symbol of opposition to this type of industry.”
Andews said anyone interested in joining the group can attend their meetings.

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