Little Activity at the Opp BioFuel Plant Site

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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