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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MAGNOLIA, Miss. — Permit and grant applications show the same British company that’s building a wood pellet mill in Gloster is planning one in Magnolia.

Pike BioEnergy LLC shares directors and addresses with Amite BioEnergy LLC, which announced plans to build a 45-employee mill in Gloster in 2012.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality began seeking public comment on the construction plan Friday.

A unit of Drax Group PLC is already spending more than $200 million to build mills in Gloster and near Bastrop, Louisiana, each capable of producing 450,000 metric tons per year. The company is also building a 10-acre terminal on the banks of the Mississippi River in Port Allen, Louisiana, to load the pellets onto ships.

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A pellet plant in Magnolia has earlier ben planned by the company Indeck, a company that under a condition to invest within two years bought land by Pike community. But the project was not fullfilled. Indeck has pellet producktion in Ladysmith Wisconsin.