U.P. biofuel coop considered

BRUCE CROSSING – Western Upper Peninsula landowners could have an opportunity to join a biofuel-producing cooperative that would convert their unused land into green energy crops, create jobs and reduce energy costs across the region.

About two dozen landowners gathered in Bruce Crossing Tuesday for a biofuel workshop to learn more about the opportunity.

“There is a market for this material that is not going to go away,” said Kim Stoker, executive director of the Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Region, which received funding to look into local biofuel possibilities. “What we’re here for tonight is to listen to whether we can make a strategy work to get people to do something with their property.”