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Opposition group will continue effort to keep CAFOs out of Porter County

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Though the fight to stop a request to rezone 40 acres in Morgan Township for a confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) might be over, Oppose the CAFO intends to stay active.

“We have reason to believe that other CAFOs will be proposed for Porter County in the near future,” says Cobie Ball, a spokesperson for the group. “We will continue to fight them because we know that these animal factories are not good for Porter County or the health and well-being of its residents.”

Oppose the CAFO member Steve Langer, a local attorney and longtime Porter County homeowner, and Ball credit the tremendous support of thousands of Porter County residents.

Ball says that so much of what the group accomplished could not have been done without the financial and emotional backing of local residents.

“We are so grateful for them. Without them we could not have hired lawyers, expert witnesses, and conducted our public outreach work. We are also very grateful for the work of others in the community.”

The group held a meeting this week in the Tabor classroom at the Valparaiso University Law School. Instead of planning legal representation for the May 27 hearing as originally planned, the meeting instead was used to consolidate the work done to date, provide a financial accounting of the group’s efforts, and discuss next steps.



Posted 5/21/2015