MORRISTOWN, Ind. (WISH) - A proposed power plant in Shelby County is dividing the town of Morristown.
An Omaha, Nebraska company wants to build a natural gas power plant in the towns' industrial park, but some residents are saying not in my back yard.
Opponents said the size of the power plant and the amount of water it would take from the underground water supply is a major concern. They also see it as a threat to their property values.
"When it comes down to fighting, we're ready to fight. That's what we believe in," said a protester.
Off Highway 52 in Morristown it's not hard to hear what's upsetting some of the residents.
Over at the train depot dozens of people gathered to take their concerns to Town Hall. They are protesting a proposed natural gas power plant Tenaska wants to build in their back yard.
"Stop Tenaska! Yeah, stop it for sure," said another protester.
It was standing room only as residents listened to a Taneksa representative talk about the plant. Taneska wants to build on 98 acres in the Morristown industrial park. Officials say the plant would provide enough electricity to power 900,000 homes and create nearly 700 jobs.
It would create 25 permanent full time jobs. It will also represent an investment of more than $500 million to the community," said Taneska representative Helen Manroe.
Sara Goedde has other concerns.
"Property values, noise, emissions, lights. All kinds of issues," she said
David Scott has lived in Morristown for 25 years. His main concern -- the plant running the towns water supply dry.
"If this plant goes in and they said they are going to pump 8 to 9 million gallons a day, what I'm going to have is a big hole in the ground," Scott said.
"It doesn't do us any good to get a water source that drains an aquifer. That doesn't help us because then we have no water to run our business," said Manroe.
Scott Downing said the bottom line is he doesn't want the power plant in his community.
"This is an agricultural area, it's not an industrial area. We have a few plants out there with silos spitting into the agricultural areas," he said.
Tenaska has not decided if they will build the plant there, they are only looking at the site. Company officials said they would make a final decision in one to two years.
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