Huge Victory for Citizens Against Fibrowatt
On Thursday, February 25, 2010, Gary Gibbs organized a great bus trip down to Richmond. Twenty Page County residents let our state representatives, Todd Gilbert and Mark Obenshain, know that we do NOT want Fibrowatt to build a 300-ft incinerator spewing pollution in our community. Fibrowatt will also demand huge tax payer subsidies for infrastructure, guaranteed energy buyback, and tax breaks. Fibrowatt’s plant in Benson, Minn already proves that they bring relatively few low paying jobs that are mainly given to existing corporate employees, NOT locals. Bad for our health, children, community and economy.
The citizens were a broad mix of Republicans, Democrats, Independents, born heres, come heres and been heres. They spoke courteously and forcefully. Gilbert and Obenshain listened for more than an hour. They agreed that jobs at any cost is a bad choice and that the proposed Fibrowatt deal was just Tom Cardman’s way to fix the mess he created with Project Clover. Fibrowatt’s plant would just be another way of throwing more good tax payer money into a bottomless pit while poisoning our families.
So did it work? Listen to these brief clips from our local radio talk show, Speak Out, the very next day-
Gary Frink (Delegate Todd Gilbert’s legislative assistant):
“His opinion has moved as a result of the visit of those twenty citizens who took the time to come down here….At the very least, Delegate Gilbert is neutral on this issue and has pulled his legislation..”
Mark Obenshain also now had a much different take on Fibrowatt:
“The project is clearly a very controversial project….I think my enthusiasm for economic development in the county probably got ahead of me..but clearly they need to be the right kind of jobs and with a company that has the right kind of culture that is consistent with the culture of the county.”
Tom Cardman and the EDA has had a seven month head start while they negotiated with Fibrowatt in closed, secret meetings. In just three weeks, the citizens of Page County have caught up. The citizens are the ones who will decide the future of the county. We will strongly support any member of the Board of Supervisors who stands up against Fibrowatt and for responsible growth.
Come this Tuesday, March 2nd, to the next Board of Supervisors meeting at Luray Middle School (details here) where Fibrowatt will present their plan for a 300-ft incinerator between Luray and Stanley on agricultural land. Remember that when you buy a used car, you don’t just listen to the used car salesman since he wants you to believe it’s a beauty. You do your own research on that car. Fibrowatt is the used car salesman, so do your own research. Read this document on the “Facts about Fibrowatt“, a document compiled by citizens of Surry County, NC who are in a similar position as we are in Page.