MORRISTOWN — Plenty of questions went unanswered Wednesday in a hot, crowded Morristown Town Hall where dozens gathered to hear how a new $500-million power plant could affect their quiet community.
To say it was standing room only would be an understatement. Concerned neighbors filled the small, stuffy council chamber and overflowed into the parking lot to hear from a Tenaska company representative.
The Nebraska-based energy company is eyeing an industrial park on the east side of town for a new power plant, and while plans to locate in Morristown have not been finalized, community members are already in an uproar.
“Stop Tenaska” signs dot the streets of the town, and there are 270-plus followers on the “Stop Tenaska” Facebook page. Protestors even gathered at the rail car across the street prior to Wednesday’s meeting, holding signs and chanting.
Helen Manroe, director of development for Tenaska, acknowledged there are a lot of things she doesn’t know yet about the project.
While she said the company is striving to be as open as possible about noise, emissions, water usage and more, there are many variables still up in the air, the biggest of which is whether the plant will even locate in Morristown.