Some Marshall County Residents Skeptical of Proposed Power Plant
A new power plant may be built in Marshall County, but it's become a project possibility that's generating a lot of heated opinions.
Moundsville Power LLC wants to construct a combined-cycle electric power plant on the site of the former Allied Chemical plant, but there's still a lot to evaluate and locals want to make sure commissioners are looking at every angle. Several Marshall County residents were at a commission meeting on Tuesday voicing their opinions and and concerns on the possibility of the new power plant. Many aid they aren't against new jobs here in the valley, but they are worried about the location, since it will be close to a school, as well as the possibility of tax increases for locals.
Marshall County resident John Toth said, "The first concern about the power plant is the large tax break that this power plant got while the local businesses and citizens taxes are going up every year because of the gas industry." Marshall County Commission President Donald Mason responded, "My answer to that is you can't give away something you never had. We're getting about $2,500 per year on this site now. It's a super-fund site. It is yet to be cleared as far as the environmental issues, so we're a long way to go before we get this."
Mason mentioned that they appreciate the public concerns and they are listening to each of them. He said they are just at the beginning of evaluating the company. He said deciding whether it will even be approved to be built in the county, is still in the far future.