Will Arkansas get the shaft? | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Will Arkansas get the shaft?

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2007 at 4:35 PM

I've been following with interest reports from observers and press accounts of the PSC hearing on SWEPCO's effort to build a poison-belching coal-fired power plant in Hempstead County, perhaps to the detriment of nearby wetlands and certainly to the detriment of a warming atmosphere that needs no more pollutants from burning coal. It's interesting that what was suggested here before seems to be true -- SWEPCO couldn't fade the heat of opposition in Texas, but figured it could roll Arkansas.

One more small thing.  News reports keep saying SWEPCO promises a $12 million payroll for 110 permanent jobs once the plant is built. $109,000 average pay? Sound high to you?

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