PSC Conducts More Hearings

Another round of hearings for the proposed Mississippi Power lignite plant in Kemper County is going on in Jackson this week.

The Mississippi Public Service Commission has already determined that there is a need for such a plant. It now must determine if Kemper County is the right place for it.

The multi-billion dollar plant is expected to employ more than a thousand people during construction, and more than two hundred after it is built.

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  • by Sally Mae Location: right here on Feb 3, 2010 at 02:24 PM
    Power bills are about to go up!! Why do people want that? Oh...I forgot about all those people in Kemper County that are making a ton of money off their land! Whatever!!
  • by me Location: everywhere on Feb 3, 2010 at 02:04 PM
    Jr. you are so right. Mississipi Power wants this land but they do not want to pay property taxes. We have been round and round with MS Power about this. I pray everyday this project DOES NOT go thru!! I am also not very happy about my power bill going up and I really don't think the people that are for this project will be very happy when they start getting those high power bills. Sometimes it is not all about jobs!! People work hard to buy land and it is not right for it to be taken away!!
  • by me too on Feb 3, 2010 at 01:49 PM
    That's great that the lucky folks in Kemper stand to make money off of this deal and that they get to keep the land. The transmission lines are where the problems come in. MPC doesn't care what is on the property....that wasn't taken into account when the land appraisals were done. So they are telling folks if you have pasture land or a new house sitting on the property, all land was appraised at $2000 per acre. Please tell me where in north Lauderdale you can buy a homesite for $2000 per acre? And, please tell me how come property with a new house on it can be valued the same as pasture land? The folks facing the transmission lines coming through or right next to their property are about to lose money if this all works out for MPC. MPC is looking to make a lot of money and the consumers are going to pay for it!!!
  • by Leah on Feb 3, 2010 at 01:06 PM
    Voter: I hope you save that money you are making on the lease to pay for the substantial increase in your power bill. If you have been listening to the Public Service Commission hearings, you know that you will be paying substantially more.
  • by me Location: everywhere on Feb 3, 2010 at 10:58 AM
    That is all well and fine for them to put the land back together in the end!! What about the people affected by transmission lines that are completely losing their land. There is never any hope of doing anything with the building a house on it!! Plus...not enough compensation to buy anything else!!
  • by jr on Feb 3, 2010 at 10:41 AM
    It is all about money for MPC and their stockholders. They will offer one landowner $1200 acre and their neighbor may get $3800 acre. BUT guess who will pay the property taxes on this property for the next 200 years - NOT MPC.
  • by DB Location: Montgomery Co, MS on Feb 3, 2010 at 07:33 AM
    I used to live in Choctaw Co, MS and there is a lignite plant just north of Ackerman. Yes the landscape does change somewhat with the strip mining but the land is reclaimed almost immediately as soon as the lignite has been remove. The plant itself is not a big eyesore it is a place that provides jobs for the community. The lignite is a natural resource created by God for our benefit much like trees for lumber and paper products, sand and gravel for road construction. These plants take years to build and you can't wait until there is an immediate need. Environmental studies are made and regulations followed. Members of the Sierra Club use just as many natural resources as everyone else. Follow the Money? Jobs for the community, increased tax revenue. Deer, turkey and other wildlife still roam the land in Choctaw Co. Does the Sierra Club operate without funding? I don't think so.
  • by me Location: everywhere on Feb 3, 2010 at 07:02 AM
    Don't build it at all!! And IF it is built, take care of the property owners...even the property owners that are being affected by the transmission lines. Mississippi Power will make so much money if this project proceeds, but yet they do not want to give property owners compensation for how all of this affects properties and property value. Maybe if this was happening to the properties that some of the people at Mississippi Power own, they would understand why there are so many people that are not for this project!!
  • by voter Location: kemper on Feb 3, 2010 at 06:42 AM
    Kemper county needs this plant. One iis clean energy if ewven the Siera club is against it. The plant will bring good paying jobs for a lot of folks in this area that otherwise there is not many if any jobs. As for the land I own land in this area and when the coal company is through my land will still be mine and in better shape than it is now. Yes I will make some money from this lease but it is far more than the land is worth otherwise and the land is still mine. I'm too old to see any incoem from this but it will help my wife and children. A lot of folks are against this and have not seen the contracts (leases)nor looked at land that has already been mined and turned back to the land owner. we all need to look at thjis objectively to see what is best for the majority of the folks. When the people of kemper can have their land an income how are they loosing? The coal company have proved that the plant will be one of the cleanest in our country.
  • by JRJ Location: Bailey on Feb 2, 2010 at 09:05 PM
    Who will profit from this plant? The land to be destroyed is some of the most beautiful in Mississippi. When I have out-of-state guests, we travel this route so I can share with them the pastoral beauty of this part of Mississippi. I am not a native of this area, yet I believe these two counties, Kemper and Lauderdale, are God's gift to us. Unfortunately, a perhaps unnecessary plant and mine will destroy these pastures, fields, hills, and forests for eternity. According to the Sierra Club, this plant is not necessary. We in Mississippi pride ourselves in our independence from big government and big business. Who profits? Who suffers? As we hear all of the time, "Follow the money..."
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