There is about a third-page ad in today's Stanly News and Press, signed by "Citizens for Safe, Sustainable Jobs  for  Stanly Countians" (another Roger Dick front group).

Stanly County’s long-running disagreement with Alcoa comes down to a simple issue: We would like to use our local natural resources to create jobs here while Alcoa wants to use the same resources to generate income without any benefit locally.

However, at last, a solution may be in sight.

Recently, AltaGas Power Holdings, a company that invests in clean sources of power contacted the County Commissioners, and expressed its interest in operating Alcoa’s Yadkin hydroelectric dams as part of a public/private partnership – if it can negotiate a purchase agreement with Alcoa.

Representatives of AltaGas met with the Stanly County Commissioners and, as part of the proposal, discussed:

–        A public entity such as the Uwharrie Regional Resources Commission would be added to the FERC License as a co-licensee;

–        AltaGas would annually pay the Uwharrie Regional Resources Commission a sum based on a percentage of the dams’ gross generation in kilowatt hours – in effect, a profit sharing agreement between AltaGas and the URRC;

–        The URRC (or other relevant public body) could acquire the project for a nominal sum after twenty-five to thirty years;

–        If AltaGas acquires the project from Alcoa, then AltaGas would assist Stanly County with the expenses associated with its participation in the re-licensing process;

AltaGas then contacted Alcoa, which, initially, indicated it was not interested in selling its Yadkin hydroelectric dams. However, AltaGas remains interested in the Project.

The needs of our community – to create jobs – and Alcoa’s goals, as a multi-national corporation, have diverged.  AltaGas’s proposal is a win-win for everyone. We hope Alcoa will consider our needs, reconsider AltaGas’s proposal, and allow us to work with AltaGas to strengthen our local economy.

I've checked into the facts, and I can report that AltaGas and the Stanly County Commissioners have been talking behind closed doors, and now run a public ad, about AltaGas and the URRC somehow (it's awfully vague) owning, partially owning, at least co-licensing the Yadkin Project without bothering to talk to Alcoa, the URRC, or the relicensing stakeholders.  A source with Alcoa said AltaGas has not directly contacted them.  When Alcoa heard about these private talks going on, Alcoa contacted AltaGas and told AltaGas they were not interested in selling the project at this time.

Since what Alcoa says about its own property means nothing to either AltaGas or the Stanly County Commissioners, the Commission has today also issued a notice of Special Meeting for "economic development to discuss a proposal from AltaGas."

In my book, you don't engage in a lot of scheming about someone else's property without talking to them or without their permission.  In my book, you don't presume to speak for a government board without talking to them or without their permission.

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AltaGas is a Canadian multi-national company not headquartered in North Carolina:   http://www.altagas.ca/

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Tags: URRC, alcoa, stanly county, yadkin project

Comment by Whigkid on July 26, 2012 at 10:51pm

AltaGas is offering how many jobs?

I thought the Clean-Tech offer was a win-win, and Roger Dick did everything he could to kill it.

Comment by Don K. Hauté on July 27, 2012 at 12:17am

AltaGas got their information from the Stanly County Commissioners.  Raise your hand if you think they have a realistic understanding of what the project is worth, how much it makes (gross and net), what the upgrade commitments are, what the license terms are?

Comment by Stop Global Whining on July 27, 2012 at 8:07am

Well, regardless of the "gall" of the tiny but strident group that has organized in the "Alcoa is Evil" campaign, you've got to at least give them an "E" for "Effort".  This type of apparently grass-roots organizing is often done by groups who want it to appear that there is broad support for their agenda and goals, which is invariably to extract coin from either taxpayers or nonprofit grants sources.  In this case, they've 'flipped the script,' by going for a Fortune 500 company's property instead.


They bring in a couple dozen individuals who stand to gain monetarily through their proposed 'profit-sharing' model of hydroelectric dam management:  nonprofit leaders, government leaders, and puppet-masters over same.  They proclaim to be 'stakeholders', although the only real stake they have is the Almighty Dollar.  They create a false 'crisis' to which each of their partners in this venture shills for action to be taken against that "Evil" corporation, Alcoa.


Now they've brought in AltaGas (the web-mistress has admonished me to abstain from the obvious opportunity at potty humor here), and made the claim that AG may partner with Alcoa to manage the dams, and split profits between nonprofits and local government.  Yet Alcoa was not included in this elaborate scheme to share ITS profits!  So when the invented proposal by AG and the nonprofit 'profit-takers' falls apart, I can imagine that they will cry 'foul' because THEY had devised a business model that Alcoa didn't accept. 


What was wrong with the CleanTech jobs?  I'll tell you.  It would only have benefitted a few hundred Stanly County residents.  It might or might not have paid Stanly County back the $5 million they've pissed away fighting windmills.  And it most certainly would not have lined the pockets of the nonprofit shills, or have caused them to require big bank loans that may have enured to the benefit of any local bank.

Yesterday, some members of the Uwharrie Regional Resources Commission hold a community 'hearing,' which isn't really a 'hearing' at all.  It was only a horse and pony show of what I call 'astro-turf' support, to make this money grab appear to have public buy-in.  However, when a member of the community, specifically the founder of the Trading Ford Historic District Preservation Association, attempts to sit at the table to voice concerns, it is made clear that 'at this stage' of the game, it is too early to bring in the concerns of shareholders who were not hand-picked by the co-conspirators to back up their tactics---to try to push an unwilling Alcoa to chose their hand-picked partner, AltaGas, to extract the profits from the hydroelectic dams.  Supposedly they intend to bring "jobs" to the region with the profits, and yet, they have yet to define how many jobs, the salary of those workers, or what exactly they would be doing, other than collecting checks from the dams' operation.

Something's fishy about such quishy plans.  But I just can't put my finger on it.  So for now, I'll just call it "greed".

Comment by Vanessa Mullinix on July 27, 2012 at 8:54am

Another David hit it striaght on. They are making all these big plans without Alcoa.. they think Stanly County commissioners are going to make this deal work, they are sadly mistaken. Elections are getting closer and they have really shown their desperation lately on some of the tricks they have pulled. They continue to divide this county while talking about working together. They are the ones that are EVIL.

Comment by Ann on July 27, 2012 at 10:43am

I brought up "inclusiveness" at yesterday's URRC strategic planning session.  Max Walser, the chair, said it was "premature" to talk about inclusiveness.  I'd like to inform Max that "inclusivenss" is at the heart of the principles of democratic government, and it's never "premature" or "too anything else" to talk about it.  Only a government commission that was secretely founded in the dead of night behind closed doors in Raleigh and which is embroiled in the practice of authoritarianism could possibly think so!  The fact that Max Walser and Keith Crisco have done nothing to stand up for inclusiveness says volumes about their own values.

The way the URRC operates as a closed door society where only their own special interests, their cronies, those who agree with them are allowed meanngful roles, is a perfect example of exactly why I don't want DER STATE owning the Yadkin Project!  They say it's for "the people", but "the people" are excluded by their need for control.

Comment by Firebird on July 27, 2012 at 12:08pm

Commissioners, "do the limbo".  How low can you go? Without involving Alcoa in your supposedly "negotiations"?  Any scheme that they can "cook up", this certainly amazes me.  This crowd wants the Alcoa lake land, don't be fooled, it's not about "jobs", personal agenda and greed.

Comment by another David on July 27, 2012 at 4:46pm

It's also not about a multi-national company, as much as they've bandied that about.  Another multi-national company, one which is also a foreign corporation, is just fine with them.  They're trying to insinuate Alcoa into a partnership, without it even being clear what they expect Alcoa to do.   The newspaper ad, which I understand will run again on Sunday, is hardly a sound business proposal.

Next week will be a busy week.  The Special Commission meeting on Tuesday, URRC on Wednesday (see Big Bad Government no matter how you look at it), and DENR Public Hearing on Thursday (see Yadkin Riverkeeper up to his old tricks), where I expect the Yadkin Riverkeeper to present his usual litany of false accusations.  A 3-act play, with all Roger Dick's puppets on full display, while he stage manages from behind the curtains.  It would be more accurate to call it a 3-act farce.

Comment by flowerchild on July 27, 2012 at 7:29pm

The record on Stanly County jobs - -

One member of the URRC is required to represent economic development.  Instead of appointing one of the 6 economic development directors in the region, Roger Dick holds that seat.  That's Roger Dick, who fought tooth and nail to kill the Clen Tech jobs.  That's Roger Dick, who said of the ERI jobs Alcoa brought in, they'll "take our argument away about jobs."  (Roger Dick and Keith Crisco | Behind the Scenes).

It's Keith Crisco's job to promote jobs.  We never heard a word publicly from him in support of the Clean Tech jobs.  Behoind the scenes, he tried to discourage Clean Tech:  Did Sec. Crisco Try to Steer Clean Tech Away from the Alcoa Site?

The Governor never spoke a word publicly in support of the Clean Tech jobs.

Dean Naujoks, Nancy Gottovi and her consultant Virginia Dunn, Stan Bingham, Fletcher Hartsell all engaged in an orchestrated letter-writing campaign against the Clean Tech jobs.

Certainly the Stanly County Commissioners did not embrace the Clean Tech jobs.

Alcoa has done more to bring jobs to Stanly County than all these combined.

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