Lawsuit Limits Demolition at Former Great Northern Mill Site
by Darren Fishell and Nick Sambides Jr. (Bangor Daily News) Investors seeking to build a biofuel refinery that they say would employ more than 100 people at the former Great Northern Paper Co. mill site were granted a temporary restraining order on Tuesday preventing the razing of buildings vital to the project.
U.S. District Judge Jon Levy issued the order in response to a 16-page lawsuit EMEP LLC of Lincoln filed in U.S. District Court of Portland the same day. Attorneys for EMEP said they sought only to maintain the status quo. The order allows the company to continue demolition of four buildings for which it already received state permits.
They and attorneys for the site’s owner, Florida-based North American Recovery Management, conferred over a proposed $1.75 million purchase price and terms after the hearing.
The lawsuit alleges that North American repeatedly delayed closing on the purchase and sale agreement of the site and committed breach of contract by violating a Letter of Intent covering the purchase. North American also began demolition of parts of the site in February that EMEP needs to complete its plans, according to the lawsuit.
EMEP claims that it spent about $6 million “toward implementing its plan to construct the [biorefinery] and consummating its purchase of the property in investment.”
Court documents indicate that the company hopes to convert forest biomass into a “drop in” ready fuel in the form of bio-crude or diesel, gasoline and jet fuel. READ MORE