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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

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4 responses to “Invenergy releases details on the Johnston water supply plan”

  1. Kcinri

    Hope you don’t live on Putnam Pike in Greenville, Main Street in Chepachet, South Main Street, High Street or Church Street in Pascoag, especially Church St in Pascoag. 18 wheel trucks can’t travel down that road today without the trailers crossing the centerline in more than 3 locations.

    So now you have water deliveries, filter media deliveries, hydrogen trailer deliveries, ammonia deliveries; all on a continuous basis and diesel deliveries on an intermittent basis traveling to and from this site for the next 40 years or more on substandard roads spewing out diesel particulate matter at who knows what rate.

    How is this improving air quality?
    How is this more efficient?
    How does this not completely alter a social and economic system of at least two communities (Chepachet and Pascoag)?
    How does this even remotely make sense to anyone?
    Why does our State Delegation not care about this any to get involved?

    There is no logic in this decision to transport all consumables to and from this site.

    Thank you rifuture.org for such great coverage of this case. Your commitment to serving the public with the truth is par to none.

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  2. Lauren Niedel

    I agree completely – I live in Chepachet – I have tried to get the Glocester Town Council to be intervenors — they are opposed to the Power Plant – but they have been complacent in getting information out to the townies.

    We need to have a MASSIVE RALLY!!!

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  3. Providence may pay Johnston’s water debt

    […] failing to find a Rhode Island community willing to sell it cooling water, Invenergy finally has Johnston to come to the rescue.   In a last minute change of plans, the Chicago company also claims that it will need only about […]

  4. PVD City Council sends anti-power plant resolution to committee

    […] recently cut a controversial deal with Invenergy to sell Providence Water to the power plant after three water districts […]

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