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4 responses to “Leaked email gives rise to pay-to-play allegations between Burrillville Town Council and Invenergy”

  1. salgal

    In all seriousness, it appears, tragically, that the Town Council and their lawyers are not to be trusted on any level. What an ugly injustice for the people of Burrillville.

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  2. wchet

    I’m somewhat torn by this revelation because the plain truth is that the Keable/Fogarty bill was never meant to pass. What took place in the senate committe hearing and subsequent comments by Rep. Newberry made it clear that the bill was written to pacify their constituents with no chance of it ever reaching the governor’s desk with or without the town council’s interference. Keable and Fogarty then got to blame the town council for it’s failure. It’s rotten that the council backstabbed their citizens by opposing the bill, but if it was never going to pass anyways and allowed the town to put the screws to Invernegy, is that a good thing??
    All I can say for sure is that politics can really suck and what really sucks is that the citizens of Burriville got played for fools, first by Invenergy, then by the Governor, then by their state representatives, then by the council. Will the EFSB be next?

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  3. Johnnie

    The residents of Burrillville need to ask why they should subsidize through tax breaks a power plant that no one wants; for what purpose? A noisy, air polluting and carbon spewing behemoth that will destroy the rural and bucolic character of the town, which is why people chose to raise their children and live there in the first place. Let the snakes at town hall explain why a corporation worth billions should add insult to injury by asking the people of Burrilliville to subsidize the destruction of their way of life. Ask them why this is even before the town council for a vote; and who hired McElroy to draw up a tax treaty for something the residents don’t want?

    Tell Invenergy that if they want tax breaks they can go see Curran and Coit at the Energy Facilities Siting Board, and have them pay their full share of property taxes – since they are the ones making the decision.

    Is the town council and town manager going to act Thursday night as if there was something representative or democratic about the way they have been trying to ram this power plant down people’s throats?

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  4. Kcinri

    This makes me sick to my stomach.

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