Published in The Times Tribune, Scranton, Pa.: September 15, 2015
Editor: I was at the Jessup Borough Council meeting Aug. 25, which was devoted to the proposed Invenergy natural gas plant. This proposed site for the plant is perfect. The behavior of the anti-gas plant faction present at the meeting was not perfect.
The anti-plant attorney gave a measured argument why the plant should not be built. The problem was that it wasn’t based on fact, just emotion and the sins of past industries. He said Invenergy has “bullied the citizens of our close-knit region.”
The arrogant anti-plant meeting attendees, unlike the polite and attentive plant supporters, did not allow the pro-plant attorney the same quiet atmosphere as the anti-plant lawyer enjoyed when he spoke. This behavior was very rude, but I’m not surprised. I have placed pro-plant signs around the valley and more than 95 percent of them have been removed. I have no proof that they were stolen by plant opponents, but who else has a motive?
This behavior has been going on for quite some time, but peaked within days of the public meeting. My question is, who are the real bullies in the gas plant debate? Based on their behavior and statements, I say the anti-plant faction has crossed a line. In fact, these kinds of actions turn off open-minded people who are trying to do what is best for Northeast Pennsylvania.
I thank thinkers who have helped bring undecided citizens to the pro-plant camp.
MARK D. SEMKEW