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council hears long arguments on Cob plant
state panel that will decide the fate of the
proposed Cob Energy Facility near Bonanza heard
lengthy arguments from attorneys on both sides of
the issue during a hearing Wednesday at the Klamath
Tim McMahan, an
attorney for Chicago-based Peoples Energy drew
criticism from the audience when he characterized
the Langell Valley area near Bonanza as the least
populated region in a sparsely populated county.
Ed Sullivan, an
attorney for anti-Cob organization Save Our Rural
Oregon, accused McMahan of building an argument
based on the "boondocks exception" to siting rules.
The Siting Council
listened to eight hours of recommendations and
arguments for and against the proposed
1,150-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant that
would be located about three miles southeast of
Bonanza, or 21 miles east of downtown Klamath Falls.
About 30 people watched
the proceedings, many staying for the full eight
hours. Although the meeting was open to the public,
there was no time allotted for public comment.
The council tabled
Sullivan's motion request, and said they would
return to it in today's session.
primary reason for putting the plant near Bonanza is
that the site has a unique "constellation" of
utilities - gas lines, easy connection to the
regional power grid, and a water well.
"What is unique?" Brock
asked, questioning if the Langell valley was the
only place in the whole country that had this
combination of utilities.
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