Judge OKs Ethanol Plant, Despite Protests

Law360, New York (May 7, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A Missouri state judge has allowed an energy company to proceed with its plans to build a $165 million ethanol plant, rejecting a group’s claims that the plant will deplete and contaminate the surrounding area’s water supply.

“Plaintiffs’ burden is to prove by clear and convincing evidence that defendants’ actions will cause them harm,” Missouri Circuit Court Judge Frank Conley said Friday. “Plaintiffs must prove they will ‘certainly and inevitably’ be harmed, ‘free from all substantial doubt’. The court finds that plaintiffs have failed to miss...
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