Published in The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa.: September 8,2015
Editor: Once again, I attended a hearing for Invenergy’s proposed natural gas plant, this time at a meeting hosted by the state Department of Environmental Protection. And once again, I was embarrassed by the behavior of a small band of loud, local opponents and the professional out-of-town activists they have enlisted for their cause.
While many people, like me, came for a real discussion about the facts related to DEP’s draft permit for the facility, others from the familiar crew of local naysayers came to shout down opposing viewpoints, rant about natural gas and disparage the hardworking staff of the DEP.
Bad-mouthing and screaming rhetoric do nothing to help us learn more about the facility and it reflects poorly on our community. Fortunately, through all the noise, what I heard from the DEP on Wednesday night was clear. This plant will be cleaner than others of its kind in the state, it will offset coal and the proposed permit ensures that local air quality will be protected.
It’s time we stop the shouting and start working together to ensure that this plant — which is going to be built — will be done in a manner that generates the most benefit for our community.