Stamford considering Tenaska agreement

July 12, 2011

Tenaska continues talks with the city of Stamford

Residents from Stamford and activist organizations from around the state were in Stamford on Monday for a Q&A session with Tenaska.
Tenaska is planning to build a power plant that will run on coal. The catch? The plant requires millions of gallons of water to operate.
Tenaska has gone to several cities to get the water they need, most have turned them away.
Stamford has entertained the idea and could decide to provide the water they need to run the plant. But it all comes at a cost, for both the residents of Stamford and Tenaska.
According to Stamford Mayor Johnny Anders, the current proposal would require Tenaska to pay the City of Stamford $100,000 a year for at least three years starting in 2013 until a pipeline and the plant could be completed.
Once the plant is running and using water from Lake Stamford, Tenaska would pay $200,000 a year for at least 30 years. This amount would also be adjusted up to allow for inflation.
That comes out to around 5.5 million dollars if all goes according to plan.
During the first three years, the money paid to the City of Stamford would be without giving a drop of water to the Tenaska project.
According to a handout from the City of Stamford they are "considering an agreement to gain needed new revenue by agreeing to sell Tenaska treated municipal wastewater from the City's treatment plant".
It also states that the agreement includes provisions for Tenaska to replace the 60 year old pipeline that brings water to the City of Stamford, as well as pay the city's share of maintenance and operating costs of the Paint Creek Diversion, which helps maintain Lake Stamford's water levels.
Some people in Stamford and from activist groups from around the state say this is a bad idea, that the agreement would lead to the lake drying up and leave residents and businesses without water.
Ryan Rittenhouse, a Community Organizer with Public Citizen says the proposal is a bad idea, not just because it would take millions of gallons of water, but also could lead to pollutants in the air and soil.
According to Tenaska, that is not the case.
Tenaska states that the Trailblazer project would use cutting-edge technology to capture 85-90 percent of the carbon dioxide it would emit. This CO2 would be then sent to the Permian Basin and put into the oil fields to recover additional oil.
Mayor Anders said they will have a special meeting of the city council at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday to "discuss and possibly act on the proposal".

Comments

Stamford water sale

July 13, 2011 by raiderfan (not verified), 3 years 11 hours ago
Comment: 187

Glad to hear the Stamford City Council approved the contract for water sales to Tenaska. One more hurdle down on the road to a much needed economic boost for our community.

Grey water

July 13, 2011 by Lordequis (not verified), 3 years 14 hours ago
Comment: 185

Its a shame that Sweetwater let such a windfall of money pass. We could have made a deal with them to re do the pipes from Oak Creek Lake to their Facility thus maybe even making it easier to supply USG and the Steam power-plant next to it with more water. I do believe that Oak Creek lake is no longer used to provide water to Sweetwater water supply. this lake was made to provide water for the now closed electric plant that is now rotting away. I think pursuing a deal like Stamford has done would be in our best interest. Think of the jobs that would brought to the area far more then was promised by the wind energy program. Also we get more pollutants from the cement plant then we will ever see from Tenaska and we have all lived with that in our back yard for decades. in fact last coal plant I was near I didn't even know it was there I never saw smoke coming from its stacks. Remember though My fellow citizens that grey water means waste water water you flushed down your pot and has been treated. Would you drink such water? Also as I said Oak Creek lake is no longer our source of water we get all our water from our well farm west of lake trammel. so lets stop listening to a bunch of eastern greeners that have no interest in our area and help Tenaska get started.

Oak Creek Lake

July 20, 2011 by quiensabe (not verified), 2 years 51 weeks ago
Comment: 191

Oak Creek lake was made to provide water for the electric plant? Please check that. From the time the lake was completed, about 1953, to the time the electric plant was completed was about five years. The talk back then was that Oak Creek lake was built to supply water to the old Gulf Refinery that moved to Big Spring long before the lake was completed. Not a big point, but Oak Creek has been depleted and come back a couple of times since it was built.

All this about Stamford water begs the question why doesn't Tenaska build their plant in Staford? Maybe there's some other reason they want to build it here.

Somebody needs to check this out.

The railroads

July 22, 2011 by raiderfan (not verified), 2 years 50 weeks ago
Comment: 193

the site was selected because it is bounded on the north and south by two rail lines which gives it flexibility in receiving coal. Sorry no great conspiracies to be found here.

clarification

July 18, 2011 by raiderfan (not verified), 2 years 51 weeks ago
Comment: 190

@Lordequis.
I agree with you but two points of clarification. In the original discussions about water sales from Sweetwater to Tenaska, Tenaska suspended discussions. Secondly, Oak Creek is back on line as a water source for Sweetwater. Still, there's still alot of treated waste water that could be used to creat jobs.

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