Published in The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa.: September 29, 2015
Editor: The proposed Jessup power plant originally was going to be water-cooled, which concerned me and many residents due to the amount of water it would consume. Being confronted with this concern, Invenergy made a change to an air-cooled system.
Invenergy develops wind farms, solar farms and natural gas power plants. Invenergy wants to construct its plant on the east side of the Casey Highway, the side opposite the town, where there are warehouses and other businesses. My understanding is that there are no over-the-top dangers with the plant’s operations. Meetings were held to address residents concerns.
The construction of this plant not only will bring jobs, but bring revenue to the town and, I hope, help reduce taxes. Seniors with fixed incomes may be able to afford the taxes and remain in their homes if the plant is built. It could bring needed income to nonprofits.
A small group of opposing citizens has unjustifiable beliefs that growth with change must be avoided.
Power plants are needed for the way of life that we enjoy and need. So, realize we have a great chance to move on in a good way that will help the citizens of Jessup.
The few against this power plant are like the few who tried to keep open St. Mary’s Church in Jessup. They had no concerns about the needs and what was good for the people or the church in the town, just themselves.
I can’t believe people are so rude and ignorant to send nasty letters to council members about the power plant. I hope the people of this town accept change for the good it will do. Vote for the people that have the foresight to enable the town to grow and flourish.