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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Coal cares

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2011 at 11:07 AM

David Koon passed this along to me and I thought it was worth posting here. Coal Cares, a new website aimed at poking fun at Missouri-based coal company Peabody Energy, has drawn that attention of some mainstream news outlets. The site spoofs the coal company, offering free inhalers to families living within 200 miles of a coal plant. The site also offers printable games for kids including "Asthmaze," where tykes are instructed to help a choking child find his inhaler.

On a serious note, for those wondering about the status of the Turk plant in Hempstead County, I asked the Sierra Club's Glen Hooks about the latest on the plant. The SC also has a good rundown of the history of legal battles over Turk on their website. From Hooks:

In this long and tortured path of litigation, we were in US district court a few months ago and won. That is on appeal to the 8th circuit. Judge Wilson, during a U.S. District Court case — posed or “certified” three questions to the Arkansas Supreme Court, basically asking whether or not SWEPCO could go through the whole PSC process and get their license yanked and then revert to a merchant plant status. Those have been fully briefed now. There will be oral arguments on those questions May 19. It’s really important what happens there because we’ve made the argument, and the hunting club has made it too, that SWEPCO can’t go through the whole PSC process and then go to a merchant plant. So the SC will decide that question. If they decide that SWEPCO cannot do that, I don’t see how they’ll be able to go on any more.

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