First Iteration Of Company Involved In Proposed Pullman Biodiesel Plant Being Sued In Florida

The first brief iteration of the startup company that’s part of the controversial plan to develop a biodiesel plant in Pullman is being sued in Florida.

Ignis Biotech was formed as a Washington limited liability company based in Whitman County last October.  The company has the same principals as AgTech OS.  Ignis dissolved two months later with the principals forming AgTech as a Delaware corporation.  AgTech is the company that’s partnering with the Port of Whitman County on the plan to develop a biodiesel plant on the West side of town.

The original company Ignis dissolved a few weeks after being sued by Densen Media Group in Florida.  The day that Ignis was formed in Whitman County the company signed a deal with the Florida TV production company.  Densen Media was contracted to produce a segment featuring Ignis for the TV show “Advancements with Ted Danson.”  The program is available on DirecTV and DISH Network.  According to Florida court documents Ignis failed to pay Densen Media for the work.  The contract was worth nearly 60,000 dollars.

This isn’t the first time Densen Media has sued its clients.  The Palm Beach County production company has filed 9 similar lawsuits in the same Florida court since 2018.

Pullman Radio News reached out to Dr. Brian Kraft with AgTech who declined to comment about the pending litigation.  The port’s outside media consultant who has been hired to help promote the biodiesel plant did respond to our questions about the lawsuit.  Abbi Russell says the port is aware of the lawsuit after conducting its own due diligence and says the litigation isn’t connected to the port’s deal with AgTech.

The port commissioners have agreed to buy land South of Wawawai Road to create an Agricultural Advancement Campus near the Whispering Hills subdivision.  The proposed biodiesel plant would be the anchor tenant.  AgTech would build and operate the plant to process local canola into biodiesel.  The proposal requires several approvals from the City of Pullman which will include multiple opportunities for public comment.

Nearly 7.000 people have signed an online petition opposing the plan to locate a biodiesel plant near the neighborhood.