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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 “Exploring the relationship between Providence Water and the Town of Johnston”

  1. Fred

    Time to boycott Johnston now. I just did some shopping there at Job Lot and Pet Smart too. That town will never see another dime from me. This is a real kick in the teeth to everyone that has fought so hard to keep these snakes out of Burrillville. Johnston is already one of Rhode Island’s biggest polluters. I hope they all enjoy twice the pollution they are already getting. And I hope all them jerks from the union with the smirks on their faces get whats coming to them. I’m furious!

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  2. Naterade1981

    Finally someone trying to create jobs in Rhode Island and lower our ridiculously high energy prices.

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  3. Johnnie

    Peter Pallozzi: ‘It is up to the wholesaler’s discretion as to who they sell water to.’ And he is not aware of any ‘recourse to prevent the sale of water from Johnston to Invenergy.’

    He goes on……. ‘If we determined that a municipality’s usage/purchase either stressed our system or potentially interfered with our ability to provide all of our customers with an adequate supply, we would place appropriate restrictions on our supply.’

    If Mr. Pallozzi is not aware of ‘any recourse’ to prevent the resale of water, then under what ‘recourse’ or legal authority is he able to restrict the sale of water if it is ‘stressing the system?’ Either he has control over the resale of water or he does not. He can’t have it both ways.

    Another bullshitter running interference for Invenergy, the Governor, the GA and the EFSB.

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  4. Barry Schiller

    Johnston has always been a tough town for environmental concerns, they blocked extending the Northwest Bike Trail, even when there was a substantial Federal earmark for it, and they didn’t care to protect Johnston woodlands from the Citizens Bank sprawl campus/new interchange in their town, so no surprise they wouldn’t care about Burrillville woodlands. By the way, there was local opposition in town to the Citizns project but nobody came to help them. I also note Johnston voted for Trump despite his ant-environment views, but then, so did Burrlillville.
    I’d be careful about use of overstatements, the Johnston Council is not “criminal” for this decision, another one gas power plant doesn’t “imperil the planet,” union workers already under stress are not “thugs” because they want more jobs.
    At this point I hope folks will investigate Johnston’s legal right to sell Providence water, and also thank Woonsocket, despite being a struggling city with lots of problems including losing out to suburban raids on their shopping centers, still voted to turn down the revenue. That’s a tribute to the organizing ability of the power plant’s opponents.

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