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Casella Plans 7-Mile Landfill Gas Pipeline to Heat University

Date: April 16, 2012

Source: News Room

Casella Waste Systems Inc. (Rutland, VT) and its subsidiary EcoGas LLC has filed a petition with the Maine Public Utilities Commission to build and operate a seven-mile pipeline from the Juniper Ridge Landfill, which it operates, to the University of Maine in Orono. According to an article in the Bangor Daily News, methane gas from the landfill would be burned in UMaine's Steam Plant, where it would be used to run boilers and create heat for campus buildings. UMaine and Casella reached a deal in November 2011 after about three years of discussions. Earlier this month, Casella's plan to sell its unpopular Maine Energy Recovery Facility (MERC) to the City of Biddeford for $7.5 million and buy the Juniper Ridge Landfill from the state of Maine stalled when state lawmakers postponed sending a bill to committee that would have authorized the transaction.

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