Friday, January 06, 2006

Who'll Protest The New Power Plant?

The issue of a replacement for the aging Humboldt Bay Power Plant comes up again. One question I have is who's going to protest the construction when it begins? You just know someone or some group is going to come up with some reason it shouldn't be built. That's what happens everywhere in the state, whenever a new power plant is proposed.

Any best guesses?

14 Comments:

At 9:06 AM, Anonymous Stinky Hippy said...

It'll ruin the environment! Why can't we just live without electricity?

 
At 9:13 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Ok. There's the first one. That's not quite the same as writing a letter to the editor or, better yet, making up a sign and protesting in front of HBPP or the County Courthouse. That's a start, though.

 
At 10:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry! City of Arcata will protest this with letters and Dave Meserve! Because Dave Meserve stands for ME SERVE (myself)

 
At 11:20 AM, Anonymous Derchoadus said...

Actually, Dave Meserve is on the HBPP Community advisory committee. He's out at the plant often....

 
At 11:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

..so he will be linking arms and writing letters? Chaining himself to the fence? Or just keep on looking like a goofy git?

 
At 11:49 AM, Anonymous derchoadus said...

The new plants, along with no longer needing to suck water out of the bay, heating it up, then puttin' it back (think fish larva), will be about 40% more efficient. And will dramatically reduce the amount of 'stuff' heading "up the stack"....

He should be 'for' it....

 
At 12:46 PM, Blogger ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ said...

Smart money is on NorthCoast Environmental's always reliable Tim McKay.

 
At 1:01 PM, Anonymous daisy fresh said...

I want my LNG. And they should build it right on a fault line. That'll show those dumb hippies.

 
At 2:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Unions:
http://www.abc.org/wmspage.cfm?parm1=4596

 
At 2:59 PM, Anonymous derchoadus said...

Anonymous said...
The Unions:
http://www.abc.org/wmspage.cfm?parm1=4596

That could possibly happen if PG&E wasn't a Union Shop...But since they are, any work done has to be at union wage.

 
At 7:03 AM, Blogger Bill G said...

Even if they hire non-union contractors?

 
At 9:20 AM, Blogger Fred said...

From my own experience, having worked at the Humboldt Bay Power Plant for 8 1/2 years as a security guard, even the contractors PG&E hires are paid quite well.

In fact, the security guards were paid well, at least after a certain point. We worked for Burns Security. When I first started there we were making a buck or two over minimum wage, if memory serves me correct. Then, after a couple years, PG&E got tired of the high turnover with security guards, it made them look bad with the NRC, HBPP being a nuclear facility.

So, I came back from annual training with the National Guard one year and the turnover had been so high in just a couple of weeks, it boosted me way up in seniority. Not long after that, our pay was raised to $10 an hour. Quite good pay at the time. We still ended up with a fairly high turnover; more than you'd think you'd have for that kind of pay.

Nevertheless, the writing was on the wall as we were in the process of decomissioning. Eventually the layoffs came. I was just high enough in seniority I could have stayed on as the relief guard, but chose to move on. Those that ended up staying were finally moved in house a few years ago and work for PG&E now. They make $20 an hour plus benefits now.

 
At 9:27 AM, Anonymous derchoadus said...

Yes, Bill G., as Fred said, even if they hire non-union contractors.

 
At 7:01 AM, Blogger Bill G said...

I do not believe that is true, but if it is, it is no wonder we can't get any power plants built here (CA). The unions must have put that in their master agreement with P G & E (No non-union subs, or the subs must pay 'prevailing wages'?) so they (and the ratepayers ultimately) will be paying 30% more for power plant construction to feather the nests a a few workers. That is great.

 

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