To the Editor:
I am a member of the local Chamber of Commerce and I resent how the chamber has implied all members are for the proposed Cogentrix plant. Not all business owners think a Cogentrix plant will be a good thing for the community.
As a local business owner, I am confused as to why a company who will not be hiring local contractors will be sending its product (electricity) out of state, and its profits to its head quarters in the east will be receiving a 5 year tax break. Doesn't seem fair to me.
If we are gong to talk about money. What is clean air worth to you? It is invaluable to me. How about the water. Is there really enough? Can we really risk four to six million gallons a day of our precious water supply?
The Klamath Basin water shortage should have been a wake up call to us all on how water is only to become more precious and harder to come by.
In Hermiston they are working on building a second Cogen plant. I this why Cogentrix asked for almost double the amount of water (11 million gallons a day) it needs? Will they get another year tax break?
Too many questions that I have asked have answers I don't like. If you do not like the idea of a heavy industrial plant being built in rangeland, polluting our air and wasting our water, get involved. Call the Stop Cogentrix hotline for information, 475-4446. Raise questions to the Oregon Office of Energy, 1-800-221-8035. It can be stopped. Raise your voice now.
Community member, business owner