Done Deal’ delayed by Angry Residents

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By Joe Starkey | January 1, 2009

Teneska officials breezed into Sweetwater confident that they had a “done deal” with the county commissioners to approve a 75% tax rebate for a coal plant to be built on the edge of Nolan County. What they got was a standing room only crowd of angry residents of both Nolan and Fisher County. After the pollution they could be expected to send in all directions from their plant was described, I asked if they would compensate the people downwind whose property they polluted and the answer was simple “NO WAY”. {{more}} And yes, I have a personal stake in this as my parents and sister live immediately next to the property they bought under false pretenses and I own 200 acres about 3 miles away in the direction of the prevailing winds. The meeting lasted over 3 hours before the county commissioners decided to delay the decision. My sister, Elaine Starkey spoke first and most of the rest of the speakers said that she had covered their concerns and simply wanted to express their agreement.The officials never disagreed with her statements except to claim they would be the “least polluting coal plant ever”. They continued to stress the 350 billion dollars in taxes that would accrue to Nolan County over the “50 year expected life” of the project. You may respond to this story at