Power plant problems

Monday, January 28, 2013 - 6:30pm

EL PASO- One by one, residents from the Montana Vista neighborhood had something to say to County Commissioners about a new natural gas power plant.

They call themselves the Far East El Paso Citizens United and they want El Paso Electric to stop building this facility so close to their homes. An attorney representing this group says the county will not help these citizens.

The Commissioners, after receiving their own legal advice, learned they can't stop this process because the state of Texas puts limits on what local governments can do.

E.P.E. says this construction site wasn't just randomly picked. Infrastructure needs were best met at this location and the use of natural gas, the cleanest power source right now, will generate energy for nearly 80-thousand homes in the county. Two power units will be built here with an option for two more if El Paso continues to grow. They'll cost nearly 90 to 100 million dollars each.

On paper that sounds great, but the residents who live across the street are worried. Their voices were many and their concerns ranged from depreciating property values to deteriorating health and environmental conditions. Many of these residents live here by choice for the clean air.. some suffer from asthma and emphysema, while others just want peace and quiet. If construction moves forward that life may be a thing of the past.

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