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SWEPCO won't stop construction UPDATE

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 9:40 AM

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Glen Hooks, of the Sierra Club, reacts to SWEPCO's statements

UPDATE:

SWEPCO  reacted today to the Arkansas Court of Appeals' reversal of a permit for construction of the coal-fired Turk Plant in Hempstead County.

At a 2 p.m. news conference, the company said it would appeal the decision, not a surprise given the investment to date. They also said they would continue construction in the meanwhile. They are betting no court in Arkansas will eventually have the brass to tell SWEPCO,  "too bad about that investment, but you never justified it."

SWEPCO has been playing high-stakes gambling from the beginning by spending big money before the hearings process was complete. Critics of the plant also contend full environmental studies haven't been performed. Maybe there's time for that now.

SWEPCO doesn't get my mail. It said it's heard overwhelming support for continuation of the project. Louie must be doing some astroturfing. 

More from Gerard Matthews on the jump, including a statement from the Sierra Club.

 

SWEPCO president and COO Paul Chodak said the Arkansas Court of Appeals got it wrong.  He repeated what SWEPCO has been saying since the decision came down, namely that the court's decision was based on technical, legal process and not on the need for/merits of the plant.  One theme to look for as this process moves forward: those who oppose this plant are not like us.  Chodak referred to the Sierra Club and Audubon Arkansas as elite groups who wanted to "clog up the system."  He also took a couple of shots across the bow of the hunting clubs who have fought against the plant saying that most members of those clubs were not even from Arkansas. 

Chodak also stressed all of the time and effort that has gone into the plant as of now.  He said there were currently over 700 people employed to build the plant and 90 percent of the construction materials had been purchased.  SWEPCO took the risk of continuing construction while the appeal was being heard.  Now they're gambling even further that the Arkansas Supreme Corut will overturn this (unanimous) decision.  At some point they'll have to decide how much time and money they want to throw at this plant, but for the moment, they seem completely content to do so.  

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Turk Power Plant under construction.  Photo from May 21, 2009

- Gerard Matthews

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Statement from Sierra Club:

“The Arkansas Court of Appeals, in a 6-0 ruling, unanimously ruled that SWEPCO did not follow the law when permitting the Turk plant. Even multimillion dollar corporations are required to follow the law. In order to build its dirty coal-fired power plant, SWEPCO must resubmit its application to the Arkansas Public Service Commission and follow the law.

Since SWEPCO does not currently have a valid certificate from the Arkansas Public Service Commission, we ask that they immediately cease construction of the Turk plant.

Across the country, states are saying ‘no’ to dirty coal-fired power. Since 2001, ninety-nine proposed coal-fired power plants have been rejected or abandoned as too risky to our environmental, economic, and public health. Arkansas should follow the lead of its neighbors in Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Texas and reject the Turk plant.

We look forward to working with the Arkansas PSC if and when SWEPCO resubmits its application, and are confident that the plant will be ultimately rejected.”

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