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Quoting the late Arkansas Supreme Court Justice George Rose Smith and country singer Ernest Tubb, U.S. District Judge Bill Wilson surprisingly recused himself Tuesday from a trial over Southwestern Electric Power Co.’s construction of a $2.1 billion coal-fired power plant in Hempstead County.

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 12/09/2010

Print Headline: In coal-plant case, judge withdraws


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  • LevitiCuss
    December 9, 2010 at 9:20 a.m.

    No use fighting the big money. And when they decide to take something of yours, you should just pack up and move along...whether it's your air or your water.
    Sure glad I don't live downwind from this big Turk(ey) or anywhere near the shale.

  • curiousgeorge
    December 9, 2010 at 11:27 a.m.

    Hurray! Common sense prevails at last!

  • HopefulN2012
    December 9, 2010 at 11:53 a.m.

    LevitiCuss, I am sorry you hate living in this country. Have you considered moving to Sweden, Venezuela, or Saudi Arabia?
    Life isn't perfect, but in the U.S. at least there is a court system that will back you up.
    In this case - the coal plant - everyone knows we must have it, but psychos are trying to save the world at the expense of people. Neither the planet nor people will be harmed by this plant. That is why these politician (judges - hah!) keep backing out; they know they will never give a ruling that psychos will accept; therefore, they bow out to keep from being assassinated both politically and literally.

  • Jjackk
    December 9, 2010 at 11:54 a.m.

    They were never told to stop construction, they were told to their permit to dump their waste in the local waterway was pulled. So I guess the waterways get polluted first then the air when it is operational so Texas gets more electricity.

  • curiousgeorge
    December 9, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

    AEP/SWEPCO and the Corps of Engineers properly permitted the plant...every i was dotted, every t crossed...then the real big money - the hunting club members, who don't even live here, and don't care what we real people have to pay for electricity, or if we have jobs - hired big money lawyers to subvert the process. Why? Because they want to control all the land (which belongs to AEP, not them), and have everyone but themselves living in caves. It's about time someone shut down the nonsensical rhetoric of "ivory-billed woodpeckers, unicorns, and fairies" and let the people of southwest Arkansas build a better life for themselves. The wildlife here couldn't care less if we build a powerplant; they've been adapting to progress for hundreds of years, and the Turk plant will be among the most environmentally responsible generating facilities in the nation (not counting nuclear, which would of course make the lunatics completely freak).

  • Jjackk
    December 9, 2010 at 12:07 p.m.

    "everyone knows we must have it"? Evidently you don't know the plan for the electricity it produces. You won't be using it. Follow along little sheep.

  • arkyparky
    December 9, 2010 at 12:17 p.m.

    The Hempstead County Hunting Club just wants to preserve the wildlife at Grassy Lake so they can kill it for the joy of killing creatures.

  • LevitiCuss
    December 9, 2010 at 2:04 p.m.

    @Patrick: I have considered Sweden, but lean towards Costa Rica. They spend 20% of the national budget on education, something you might look into. Their literacy rate is much higher than ours- good waves, too.
    If you really think there will be no damage done to this planet by a coal plant, you are seriously misinformed. Currently, 400,000 people die per year due to heart and lung disease caused by particulate pollution of our atmosphere. And currently, the courts favor people who make money at the expense of others over people like you. Let's see what that court does for you when Chesapeake wants to run a pipeline across YOUR property. Good luck with that, good sheeple.

  • joedorsey45
    December 9, 2010 at 7:38 p.m.

    I never cared to much for this Judge because he was a Bill Clinton Butt- Kisser but I guess I will have to lighten-up since he has quoted Ernest Tubb!