Little Activity at the Opp BioFuel Plant Site

By: Mike Gurspan
By: Mike Gurspan

Opp officials say they are weighing options after several area merchants placed property liens at the Perihelion Global plant site.

The exterior of the plant is located near the Highway 331 south bypass, but officials say there is little activity taking place.

Last year, company representatives promised a multi-million dollar bio-fuel manufacturing facility, employing more than 100 folks.

Jana Lucas, involved in the lending industry, says the jobs are desperately needed in the area.

She says, "Folks trying to pay extra for food and fuel. There are not many jobs, and people are having trouble paying for all of the expenses. Folks are having trouble, especially here in Opp."

Montgomery attorney Julian McPhillips says that the company has until March, 2009, to get up and running. McPhillips says there's been a lot of government red-tape.

However for Terrol Neal, who works in Opp, such a plant bringing in those good paying jobs would be nice.

"Pocket change is coming to an end. It’s really difficult around here, and hopefully something will come up in the future to employ people."

Opp officials say they plan to keep perihelion officials to their word of opening the bio-fuel plant but remain cautious about its future.

News 4 was contacted by Perihelion late this afternoon. That company says it's current in it's lease payments to the City of Opp, and is willing to work with the city to make the project successful.


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  • by Brad Location: FL on Sep 19, 2008 at 12:02 PM
    LOL! Now that the City of Opp has shut off electricity because Bewebe failed to pay the bill (which is SOP for him), he awaits a Site Visit from the IRS to approve his operation? Oh OK, just so the IRS does not come after Dusk, eh??? Or wants to see the Operation in Production -sans electricity, right? Beebe is BSing the Local News. Hello, how about some digging????
  • by Brad Location: Florida on Sep 16, 2008 at 08:11 AM
    Hi I can not find my comment. Is there a problem?
  • by Brad Location: Florida on Sep 16, 2008 at 07:31 AM
    Here are comments on other Blogs: http://www.andalusiastarnews.com/news/2008/sep/11/power-opp-biofuel-plant/#comments http://www.andalusiastarnews.com/news/2008/sep/12/beebe-perihelion-will-meet-production-deadline/#comments http://www.wsfa.com/Global/story.asp?S=8961711 (note: Click "ALL COMMENTS") http://theworm06.blogspot.com/search?q=Beebe In my opinion, the Opp BioFuel Plant will never be viable and will never produce any significant production to sell. The only thing that will be sold by PRGL will most likely be stock!
  • by Richard Location: FL on Sep 16, 2008 at 06:28 AM
    No one who did the slightest due diligence on Perihelion and John Beebe would have thought it anything but a scam to sell penny-stock. The question is who benefited. It's hard to figure that out, since the city is stonewalling a FOIA request.
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