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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 “Baldelli-Hunt releases details of Woonsocket water deal with Invenergy”

  1. salgal

    Let’s take a moment to do a creative visualization exercise imagining the numbers of trucks required to haul 200 million gallons of water daily. The hours they will need to be operating the pump transfer station (24/7?). The noise of the filling (24/7?). The noise of the trucks (24/7?). The exhaust smell.Will these be diesel burning trucks? The damage to the infrastructure: roads/bridges/secondary residential streets. The noise as the trucks rumble through residential neighborhoods (24/7?).

    And that’s just a Woonsocket-based visualization. Shall we try for the whole journey to Burrillville?

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  2. wchet

    Water use was never 200 million gallons a day, but it was 200,000 increasing to near 1 million per day when burning diesel. The Valley Breeze is now reporting that water use would only be 15,000 to 20,000 gallons per day. How is that possible that they could drop water use by 90% or more? And a better question: why would Invenergy pay $1 million a year (or more) for that amount of water?? If water use is really that low, couldn’t they just drill a well on their own property? I’d really like to see the agreement…..seems to be a couple of puzzle pieces missing.

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  4. salgal

    Yep, I went off the grid, so to speak. It was never 200 million. It’s bad enough up to 1 million.

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