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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

4 responses to “EFSB sentences Burrillville to 90 days of existential uncertainty”

  1. salgal

    Two weeks ago when the EFSB mandated a 10 day period for Invenergy to prepare for a Show Cause, I saw a Janet Coit I had only heard about. I actually felt she was paying attention to the issue at hand and was calling out Invenergy for their laxity, sloppiness and presumption(s). The Coit I witnessed yesterday was a doppelganger in physicality only. I was stunned by her new role as official Invenergy facilitator. Remarkable shift. Invenergy is now not accountable for anything, seemingly. The “process” the Governor likes to sell as an independent one, free of her input, guidance, or prejudices, is simply a farce. I’ve wanted to give the EFSB some leeway to show they are working independently of her boot. But yesterday……I saw the imprint, clearly, in the words from each of the 3 board members. Is this not corruption?

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  2. Kcinri

    Indeed that was one of the most facilitating hearings I have ever witnessed. The Board did not hear one thing McElroy had to say even though his arguments and that of Elmer’s were entirely compelling.

    Invenergy clearly has their hands up the back of the Board member’s shirts pulling the strings that make them work. Invenergy is scripting every word that falls out their mouths.

    Our rights as a community, as residents of this State are clearly being stripped right in front of our eyes and there is nothing we can do.

    This is not a democratic process, but merely the work of dictator mentality. Give it up Gov, your untimely guest is out of “gas”. No pun intended…. Wait, actually they’re out of H2O.

    God have mercy!

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  3. Fred

    If they find water we are done. Put a fork in us.

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  4. Burrillville Town Council about to have its Gaspee moment

    […] Siting Board (EFSB), the governmental body tasked with with approving or rejecting the plant, for a 90 day extension on their application. Because Invenergy can’t find the water it needs to cool the plant, for the […]

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