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Lethbridge Biogas undergoing major expansion in Lethbridge County

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Lethbridge Biogas celebrating the announcement of a $7 million expansion that will provide new opportunities to the region.

Located in the Rave Industrial Park, the local plant produces renewable electricity through the use of organic resources such as agricultural manures and food processing by-products.

The expansion will introduce Lethbridge Biogas into the natural gas market by allowing for the plant’s biogas to be purified into pipeline-grade bio-methane or renewable natural gas.

“This expansion at our Lethbridge Biogas facility is another significant milestone in the history of our project,” says Lethbridge Biogas Director of Operations Stefan Michalski, who also works on the national level as co-chair of the Canadian Biogas Association.  “It is the result of dedication and very hard work from our team over many, many years to get our business established, not only in the Lethbridge area, but beyond in the Canadian and North American context.”

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This carbon-neutral bio-methane will be injected into ATCO’s natural gas grid and will eventually make its way to FortisBC, under a long-term supply agreement by mid-2021.

Lethbridge County Reeve Lorne Hickey says this is very exciting for this region. “This year has certainly been challenging for many businesses, so we are encouraged to see Lethbridge Biogas going ahead with this expansion that will add value to our economy while continuing their commitment to sustainable, renewable energy.”

Once the expansion is complete, Lethbridge Biogas will have the first full-scale commercial renewable natural gas application in Alberta.

(Story written by Riley Kubic)

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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