CALP: Alternatives

Some Alternatives to Longview

Local citizens and environmental groups have been trying to work with the Mon County Commission since November 2002 to have GenPower/Longview Power buy emissions offsets from local pollution sources. This would make the County's air the same or cleaner (if more than 100% of emissions are offset locally) as a result of this new coal-fired power plant. Neither the Commission nor GenPower are willing to entertain this idea, and no such compromise provision is in the PILOT (tax-break) agreement.

CALP's founding belief is that Morgantown and Monongalia County, West Virginia can do better than Longview. Ideally, the county would develop a long-term economic development strategy, from a broad-based visioning process that proactively seeks input from the general citizenry. It is our understanding that the Mon County Development Authority is now developing a strategic plan that will include an opportunity for public input. We applaud this effort and look forward to participating in it. In the meantime, here are some types of economic development that we believe the county should be supporting in place of Longview: