So, what does FirstEnergy do? They try to bribe the town to shut up.
"First Energy, acknowledging the need to expand the coal ash capacity at Little Blue Run, has made previous offers to Greene residents. The offers, according to the township website, include $250,000 annually to offset property taxes, $250,000 annually to improve municipal services, and $25,000 annually to nonprofit organizations in the community."
The newest "offer", reported yesterday, was to pay for the local water company to run public water to all the homes. The residents currently rely on wells and springs. Of course, the residents would be expected to pay for their public water consumption. Wells and springs are free. There are no monthly water bills to pay. FirstEnergy's "generous" offer: A lifetime of monthly water bills for you!
As well, the "offer" was made to Greene Township secretary Sandra Wright. The township's response was:
"Township supervisors took no action on First Energy's water offer, saying First Energy officials need to appear at a public meeting to make a formal presentation.
"They want to do this behind closed doors. They need to come to a township meeting," Supervisor Russell Morgan said."
Who do you think is really going to end up paying for all the Greene Twp. bribes? All FirstEnergy ratepayers, that's who.
It's not about FirstEnergy "wanting to do something positive for the community." FirstEnergy is a corporation. They make money, not warm fuzzies. Just another case of corporate money trying to smooth the rough edges of an appalling case of environmental injustice. Watch the video available here.
FirstEnergy, you're despicable.