URRC: A legacy of Big Bad Government stains the State's history of freedom

The Governor's signature on the budget act marked the death knell for three years of extremist wrangling for State expropriation of Alcoa's dams, submerged lands, and hydroelectric licensing.  The coalition of shills for a State takeover of the Yadkin River lake system---which would have saddled taxpayers with all the burdens of maintenance, while nonprofits reaped the rewards, and local governments would have lost tax revenues---were soundly defeated.  The proposal has been prominently visible in the proposed State Budget Act since at least June 15th, and environmentalists have opined about it in blogs for more than a month now.  Yet, despite the midnight-rewrite that created the Uwharrie Regional Resources Commission in 2010, ex nihilo, the last three days of the session, some of the loudest critics of the elimination of the URRC claim that even though the proposal was online since June 15th, somehow the process was 'hidden' in 'darkness' all this time.  So, were the 'watchdogs' asleep all this time?  Were they not capable of searching the 394 page budget using 'tools' in their browser?  Or do they simply want public sympathy now against the 'Evil Corporation,' Alcoa?

The legacy of the Uwharrie Regional Resources Commission made an indelible mark on the fabric of our State's history.  No jobs were created.  No viable alternative to Alcoa's relicensing was offered.  No groundswell of support for the Commission ever emerged.  No substantive citizen input was permitted.  And after an hour and a half of anti-Alcoa rants were delivered back in February, the Commission Chairman only permitted an Alcoa representative to speak for three or four minutes, 'out of fairness'.  Ha!  Just CRY ME A RIVER OF OPPORTUNITIE$!

The URRC's indelible mark on the fabric of our State's history--- even if only a $#*! stain on our history of open and accountable government---has been made.  

Rest in Peace, URRC.  We'll miss you, as you float downstream without a paddle!   Maybe now, Uwharrie Capital can shift funding to the remaining Don Quixote's in the region who operate nonprofits with similar visions of 'free money'.

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Comment by Whigkid on July 27, 2013 at 3:40pm

The Yadkin Riverkeeper's SPIN and Max Walser's rose-colored version are somewhat contradictory.  YRK is saying "without the URRC, who will control the future of the Yadkin River?"  Was he hoping the URRC would?  Max Walser is playing innocent, "This wasn't about Alcoa."  It's revealing that neither of them can see that the URRC ever did anything to seal its own fate, that Alcoa lobbyists do not run the General Assembly (talk about a stereotype!), and that it was more than a "personality conflict" between two legislators.  The handwriting has been on the wall since the "River of Opportunity" report and its socialist propaganda, which the URRC helped pay for, was presented at the February meeting.  They just don't get it that it's their anti-business, anti-capitalism, anti-free enterprise approach that the majority of NC citizens and lawmakers are opposed to.  They've been pretending the defeat of the Yadkin River Trust legislation in 2009 never happened.  From what I hear, the present General Assembly, especially the House, is even less sympathetic to their cause.

 

Comment by CRY ME A RIVER OF OPPORTUNITIE$ on July 27, 2013 at 4:04pm

The hacks and pawns who served on the URRC have only left a $#*! stain on our history of open and accountable government. That is their brief, yet shameful, legacy.

Alcoa will control the future of the Yadkin River, under strict regulatory control of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") and the NC Division of Water Resources. Let the YRK keep the blinders on, regarding the other sources of PCB's upstream from Badin. Alcoa has abated the most prominent site of PCB contamination by capping it---a method approved by federal and state regulators. Only a couple more areas need remediation, which Alcoa is working on. Irrespective of the strident, libelous claims being made by some, Alcoa couldn't be responsible for the PCB's in High Rock Lake, which are the result of PCB-dumping from transformer oil, by another major corporation. Why is that being ignored? Because it doesn't fit with the "Alcoa is Evil" theology, of course!

Comment by CRY ME A RIVER OF OPPORTUNITIE$ on July 27, 2013 at 8:14pm

Amen, Whigkid!  The General Assembly had their number for quite a while.  The $80,000 to prepare that "River of Opportunity" report, and the visits by Erin Brokovich and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. didn't make the General Assembly very starry-eyed, either.  And despite Fletcher Hartsell's protests (he voted against the budget because of this!!), his own mojo appears to have waned, as a boatload of freshman representatives simply did not follow his lead.  I think the socialist propaganda has failed to deliver the desired message to the leaders in Raleigh.  Alcoa's in like Flint for another 50 years, so partnering with the owner/operator of the lakes and their dams seems to be a smarter strategy for YRK and the other opponents to follow---unless they'd prefer to be relegated to the dustbin of political irrelevancy like . . . pardon me WhigKid . . . the Whigs!

Comment by Whigkid on July 28, 2013 at 1:25pm

Without the Whigs, you'd be saluting the British flag!  :)

Comment by another David on July 29, 2013 at 1:35pm

You had to be there

At the very first meeting of the URRC in a crowded room at the Stanly County airport, without having discussed an Executive Director at all, a motion was made to appoint Faison Hicks as Executive Director.  You will recall that Faison Hicks is the attorney on the Attorney General's staff who represented Gov. Perdue, and now Gov. McCrory.  Hicks was also one of the celebrity speakers at Cathy Dunn's "bash Alcoa" extravaganza in the summer of 2010.  He seems to be more involved than just representing the Governor.

Several of the URRC members thought making such an appointment would be premature, and the motion was tabled.

 

 

Comment by another David on July 29, 2013 at 1:50pm

from a search at http://www.yadkinfacts.com , a website with documents Alcoa received pursuant to a public records request, something of a bombshell, considering all the URRC did to act as if it weren't an anti-Alcoa commission:  http://d26rygh4di38m.cloudfront.net/00905cdc-5921-410c-b14b-b614117...

A memo from Bruce Thompson, Stanly County's lobbyist, detailing an "interpretation" which would allow the URRC to receive and hold Alcoa's FERC license and property, sent to the NC Congressional Delegation, less than a month after the URRC was passed.

 

Comment by another David on July 29, 2013 at 2:13pm

also from a search at http://www.yadkinfacts.com:

Not only was the URRC cited as a possible agency to submit an alternate license application in the recent New Energy Capital filings with FERC, it was similarly cited in "behind closed door" meetings with Stanly County last summer regarding a proposal by AltaGas, a Canadian company, to buy the Yadkin Project and list the URRC as the co-licensee.  see Of all the unmitigated gall

Documents show that the representatives of AltaGas who met with the Stanly County Commissioners included Justice Bob Orr, who represents an unnamed Stanly County private citizen, and Curtis Whittaker, a principal of New Energy Capital.  http://d26rygh4di38m.cloudfront.net/599d7aa4-b8a1-4b2e-91eb-1f223f0...

This document from a Stanly County attorney, details the specifics of this idea:  http://d26rygh4di38m.cloudfront.net/6bb44350-7dc9-4855-a89c-46ece59...

Obviously, some people have had several plans for the URRC to take over the Yadkin Project.

 

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