Angry residents in one spencer county town come together against a proposed coal to gas plant in their community.
They met at dale city council to voice their concerns and try to convince council to oppose the facility.
44 news reporter jeff goldberg joins us now live from spencer county with more on the future of this proposed plant, jeff?
I'm at the dale town hall where tensions ran high earlier this evening at a city council meeting.
The controversy revolves around the proposed 2.5 billion dollar coal to diesel plant in the town.
It boils down to extreme environmental concerns vs jobs for the people in the town.
Randy vall retired chemical engineer: this plant is literally going to produce poison.
Dr. erin marchand dale resident: it's been attempted and never fully come to fruition so my concern is if they start to build this plant and then they stop building it and they pull out all their stakes we're going to be left with a plot of land that it won't be good for anything else.
It was an absolute onslaught of research done by members of a new group called no coal to diesel in dale.
They are fighting against a proposed first of its kind 500 acre plant in dale.
The concerns over the plant were seemingly endless dr. norma kreilen i'm looking not only at the facts of what i see in medical research on the contribution of pollution to disease but i also see huge flaws and gaps in monitoring and how our state even looks at pollution.
The town council seemed uninterested at times and the town attorney at one point tried stop the dozens of speakers from talking bruce cissna dale town attorney says: "there is nothing for this board on that plan right now maybe sometime in the future there will be as of right now there's nothing for this board on that plan."
But the protesters say that wasn't the point - they were concerned about why the plan was approved in the first place without proper research.
Those protesting weren't the only ones speaking.
At least half the room was filled with union construction and boilermakers who would stand to gain a lot by this project coming to dale - so they spoke out for it.
Steve herm boilermaker instructor says: "when you do something like this you want to use the best and again we represent the people that do this all the time i'm here in support of this plant i'm here in support of the new technology involved with it i'm here to support a new day in dale.
Many called into question the company involved in this riverview and some of their failed ventures of similar goals with different companies.
Next thursday here zoning board meeting.
Noc2d.com is the website for the opposition group.