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Cryptofarm pulls permit for Pitt County site

Cryptofarm pulls permit for Pitt County site
Published: Nov. 1, 2021 at 3:12 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 1, 2021 at 3:38 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - A controversial data center proposal for Pitt County has been pulled from consideration.

Compute North asked county commissioners to remove the company’s permit application for its cryptofarm operation that would have been across from Belvoir Elementary School.

County commissioners heard and recognized the company’s statement and reason for the withdrawal, and Pitt County Chairwoman Floyd Higgins said, “no further action will be taken at this time.”

The Minnesota-based company wanted to build a cryptocurrency mining facility off Highway 33 West.

The company said it would bring 27 jobs to the area with full benefits and an average salary of $56,000 a year.

Many residents in the area opposed the plan, concerned about the noise the facility would create as well as the amount of energy that it would use.

Some stood in protest outside of the county office to make sure the company followed through on its withdrawal and the commissioners accepted it.

“We’re standing here mostly because we want to see it through, we want to make sure the company follows through on their promises. But as far as what we were all thinking, I know first thing is relief. Belvoir School is the first school that I volunteered at speaking Spanish, it’s the first school that you think of in this area when you think of communities coming together and trying to learn. And knowing that this company was not going to try and invade in a sense...”

Alex Urban, advocacy coordinator for the Association of Mexicans in North Carolina

While Compute North said it found Pitt County attractive for its facility, they plan to keep “all options open” in coming up with a new site.

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