Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: September 5, 2007
Sen. David Myers
Sen. Myers Responds to Meacham’s Opposition to Power
State Sen. David
Myers on Tuesday said he was unsure why State Treasurer Scott
Meacham was speaking out against the proposed coal-powered electrical
plant near Red Rock. Myers is the Co-Chair of the Senate Appropriations
Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Regulatory Services.
“An administrative law judge has already spoken on the matter,
saying that the electricity the plant would generate is needed.
We’re still awaiting a final decision from the Corporation
Commission. In addition to those individuals, it would be appropriate
for legislators to examine energy issues,” said Myers, R-Ponca
City. “I’m completely unclear as to why Treasurer Meacham
would try to insert himself in this process.”
Myers said the proposed plant is one of the largest “clean
coal” projects in the nation. The Corporation Commission is
expected to render a decision sometime this month. The Oklahoma
State Supreme Court has denied an application by opponents of the
plant to assume jurisdiction. He said by using coal, the 950 megawatt
power plant would keep utility costs down for consumers.
“The most vocal opponents have been those who have a vested
financial interest in seeing the plant powered by natural gas. Unfortunately,
electric customers know too well how electricity generated by natural
gas is subject to huge price swings—and it’s the consumer
who winds up paying for it,” Myers said. “I think Mr.
Meacham needs to deal with the responsibilities of the State Treasurer’s
office and let those charged with handling utility and natural resource
matters tend to theirs.”
For more information, contact:
Senator Myers' Office: (405) 521-5628