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Some Oneida tribal members upset over plans for gasification plant

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ONEIDA, WI (WTAQ) - The push to build a waste-to-energy facility that recently failed in the city of Green Bay isn't dead yet.

The Oneida Seven Generations Corporation wants to build a plastics-to-energy plant on tribal land.

But much like how the east side Green Bay plan ran afoul of the city over the idea leaders were mis-led about the project, leading to a revoking of its conditional use permit last fall, there's a petition to block OSGC from building a plant on reservation land.

"Your concern is a lack of transparency?" Leah Dodge, the circulator of the petition, said to FOX 11. “Absolutely,” she responded.

Dodge started the petition among the Oneida tribe in January. The purpose?

For the General Tribal Council to direct the tribe's business committee to stop the OSGC from building a plant on tribal land; be it "gasification," "waste-to-energy," or "plastics recycling."

"I'm hoping the business committee can step up and do this job of protecting the Oneida people," said Dodge.

People, Dodge says the company misled. Dodge says the OSGC has not been truthful about the possible environmental impact of this project.

“It would be a form of genocide against Indian people, and for them to continue to propose this incinerator.”

Bobbi Webster, spokeswoman for the Oneida Nation, says Dodge's petition will be reviewed by the General Tribal Council and presented to tribe members.

"There will be an opportunity for the General Tribal Council to question, to ask, to participate and whether or not there will be a decision made is up to the General Tribal Council," Webster said.

OSGC responded to FOX 11’s request for comment with an emailed statement:

"Oneida Seven Generations Corporation is bound by Tribal law and processes that the Oneida Tribe has set forth for development on the reservation. The corporation has followed and continues to follow the tribal process set forth by the Tribe."

The special General Tribal Council meeting will be May 5th at the Radisson Hotel in Ashwaubenon.

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