In most instances our local government leaders have approved these special deals even though the gas plants will only employee a few dozen full-time employees, but the plant itself could threaten thousands and thousands of good paying coal mining jobs.
In one of the recent articles, a leader of the gas industry says “plans to build the $615 million natural gas fired Moundsville Power plant along the Ohio River remain in place,” although he went on to say he had not spoken with the developers for “some time.”
If the out of state millionaire developer who is proposing the plant, and is receiving special tax deals from the tax payers of our area, does not respect us enough to provide more definitive timelines, employment numbers, local tax contributions and other relevant information, our local elected leaders should rescind the special deals immediately.
Coal miners and their families who have supported our economies, our schools and our local businesses for decades deserve much better from our leaders.
The millionaire New York based developer seems to have gotten his sweetheart deal from our governments and moved on, not feeling that it is necessary to inform us about the details of his plans. That is a shame.
But there is hope. The Ohio Valley Jobs Alliance is fighting hard to prevent our local leaders from giving away special deals to developers like this, who threaten our current jobs and local economies. There are several ways you can join the fight.
- Write a letter to your local newspaper.
- Email your local leaders.
- Help us recruit members by spreading the word to your family and friends.
Membership in the Ohio Valley Jobs Alliance is free and can easily be done by visiting www.ohiovalleyjobs.org.
Also, several Ohio Valley Jobs Alliance members are planning to attend a public hearing in Wellsville, Ohio on June 6th.
OPSB Special Hearing
June 6, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Wellsville High School
1 Bengal Boulevard
Wellsville, Ohio 43968
The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) will hold a public hearing to provide area residents an opportunity to testify about South Field Energy, LLC’s proposal to construct a new natural gas powered electric generating facility in Columbiana County.
This public hearing will provide all of us an opportunity to voice concerns about how natural gas powered plants will affect coal mining jobs in our region.
If you need any additional information about how you can join the fight, please don’t hesitate to contact the Ohio Valley Jobs Alliance.