Baard Energy / Energy

Baardson back in the picture

LISBON — “The man behind the former Baard Energy project is the CEO of a new company that intends to build a similar but smaller plant in Ashtabula County.

John Baardson is CEO of Pinto Energy LLC, the Houston-based startup company that last week announced plans to build a $200 million refinery on 80 acres near Ashtabula that would convert natural gas to diesel fuel and other liquid products, taking advantage of the natural gas boom underway in the region.

Baardson was the CEO of Baard Energy, which announced in 2006 plans to build a $6 billion plant on 400 acres outside Wellsville that would convert coal to diesel fuel. When the project ran into problems attracting investors, Planck Investments acquired controlling interest in 2011 and announced the project would proceed but with natural gas replacing coal as the feedstock. This plant was to produce 53,000 gallons per day of diesel fuel.”

— Tom Giambroni, Lisbon Morning Journal

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