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PETERSEN: Council's Powertech vote was on target

PETERSEN: Council's Powertech vote was on target


Cindy Turner's recent Forum article continues the misinformation, disinformation and downright dishonest presentation that has surrounded the Powertech proposal from the get-go.

Her title, director of Southern Hills Economic Development, sounds impressive until one learns about her and her organization’s intimate relationship with Mark Hollenbeck, the project manager for Powertech.

Ms. Turner stated that Powertech was only allotted three minutes to speak when in fact they could have talked all night had anyone shown up to support them. The public is allowed three minutes per individual to comment at City Council meetings and, contrary to the picture painted by Ms. Turner of “environmental extremists” running amok, several medical doctors, PhDs, people with extensive careers in the nuclear industry, chemical engineers, ranchers with century-long histories in the area and a host of other well-informed citizens stood up to defend our water resources from this foreign invasion.

Also contrary to Ms. Turner’s statements, the mayor and several city council members, including two School of Mines engineering graduates, Doyle and Wright, provided the in-depth due diligence that had thus far been lacking throughout this political process.

Standing up for our children’s future was our council’s finest hour.

— Jim Petersen, Rapid City

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