Proposed Power Plant Divides Small Indiana Town


“All we want to do is put information out,” Goedde said. “It’s a tiny town, it’s only 1,200 people, and there’s still people that don’t know anything about it. Well, you should know; whether you’re for it or against it.”

Goedde and her husband, Kirby, have lived in Morristown 13 years with their three daughters. The proposed facility would be directly behind their rural home, and Goedde worries about noise, light, the impact on water and more.

“I’ve been looking at aerial views of other plants. Typically, they don’t put it close to town,” Goedde said.

“Not a house within a half mile, or if there was a house, there’s a dense woods between the power plant and the residents.”

There are more than 180 followers on the “Stop Tenaska Power Plant” Facebook page, and residents have packed the past few town council meetings, hoping for any morsel of information on the proposed development.

Helen Manroe, director of development for Tenaska, said there are 16 other natural gas sites in the country, and it’s common for neighbors to have plenty of questions and concerns. The problem is, until the economic climate is right to build the new plant, it’s hard to answer many questions about what type of emissions there will be, the type of equipment and the water requirements.

“It’s very common for people to have concerns,” Manroe said. “That happens in every community that we go to. And part of the challenge here is we need to do at least some preliminary work, and when you’re doing this preliminary work there’s lots of stuff you don’t know yet and people get frustrated when you can’t provide answers. We understand that. I hate that I don’t have all the answers right now today, I wish that I did. But that’s not the way these projects work.”

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