Harrison County, WV Commissioners Vote to Help Delayed Elec Plant

Last June, the West Virginia Public Service Commission held a public hearing in Clarksburg, WV on the proposed ESC Harrison County Power Plant project (see Public Hearing Held for Harrison County, WV NatGas Electric Plant). ESC (Energy Solutions Consortium) was founded by father and son team Andrew and Matthew Dorn, based in Buffalo, NY. The Dorns are behind a series of WV natgas-fired electric plants, the first of which will get built in Marshall County (see Progress for 3 WV NatGas Electric Plants; 1 Breaks Ground in 2016). At the public hearing last June, the only person to speak against the project was from the Sierra Club–opposed because the Clubbers claim the plant will contribute to man-made global warming. Whatever. The PSC reported receiving 540 positive comments, and one negative comment. What does that tell you? Last July we reported the project still needs a few more permits (air and water) and was jumping through multiple government hoops to get them (see Harrison County, WV NatGas Electric Plant Close to Final Approval). Here we are, seven months later, and the project is STILL not fully permitted! What in the world is going on in WV? Why is it taking so long? Harrison County commissioners, hoping they can further goose the process and get it dragged across the finish line, will vote tomorrow to issue a resolution giving their full-throated support for the project. Let’s hope their vote of confidence finally does the trick…

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