Post Office Box 91
Cameron, West Virginia 26003
August 11, 2016
Mounsville Power, LLC
360 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14202
Dear Mr. Dorn:
Well over one year ago, The Ohio Valley Jobs Alliance wrote you a letter posing several questions about your plans to develop a gas fired power plant in Marshall County, West Virginia.
These questions were asked to help provide our members, and tax-paying residents across the Ohio Valley, information about how their hard earned tax dollars are being used and how their economies and job markets are being managed. Very unfortunately, The Ohio Valley Jobs Alliance never received a response from you or your organization.
In fact, while public information on this subject is limited, most of what is available about the risky tax deal you received from our local governments centers on delays to the project, unmet deadlines and the like. So many timelines have been offered, start dates pushed back and delayed, that frankly it is difficult to truly understand when, if at all, you now plan to begin the construction phase of this project.
Shockingly, when discussing these delays at a recent public meeting a spokesman for your organization said, “delays are directly a result of the Ohio Valley Jobs Alliance.”
While it is true that the Ohio Valley Jobs Alliance opposes sweetheart tax deals to out-of-state corporations that propose plans that threaten the jobs of thousands of our area coal miners in exchange for less than 50 full-time jobs, it is also true that your organization has repeatedly extended self-imposed timelines and missed deadlines long before our organization began drawing public attention to your sweetheart tax deal.
So again, after more than a year, we ask the same questions of you which we asked in May of 2015. If your organization truly wants to be a good corporate neighbor and work hard to improve the economy of our region, you can start by answering these questions and providing tax payers with critical information so they can make informed decisions.
- Why is there a delay in building the power plant in Marshall County?
- How can the Marshall County Commission replace the tax revenue lost from the reduction of coal use since your project got a special deal and won't be paying your fair share of taxes? Will local taxpayers and small businesses be forced to make up the difference?
- What do you recommend the laid off coal miners do to support their families since you are contributing to their unfortunate situation - and promise only 30 full-time jobs?
- As we learned in the Buffalo Business First article, you "earned enough on the sales of Jamestown Savings Bank and Buffalo Savings Bank to never work again." How much do you anticipate you will make for yourself and your out of state investors on the proposed gas power plants?
Ohio Valley Jobs Alliance