“Investors seriously considering placing a bet on White Stallion should first visit Sierra Club’s new
website outlining the challenges Randy Bird faces in continuing to develop the White Stallion coal plant.” said Al Armendariz, with Sierra Club.
Potential Investors in the White Stallion Coal Plant Should Understand the Risks
Austin, TX – In response to recent claims by Randy Bird, developer of the White Stallion Energy Center coal plant, Dr. Al Armendariz, Sierra Club’s Senior Beyond Coal Campaign Representative for Texas, issued the following statement:
“Don't be fooled by bluster and rhetoric from Randy Bird: the proposed White Stallion coal plant is in serious trouble and is unlikely to ever be built. Right now, the proposed plant’s permits are not in order and developers have not secured water rights or even the land to build on.
Local officials and the Mayor of Houston have asked state and federal regulators to correct the many faults in the permits. The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) has denied the plant surface water rights, and local doctors are on the record telling the community about potential health impacts to residents from the plant’s toxic emissions.
Local agricultural businesses came together during the recent
drought to fight against providing water to the proposed
plant. If LCRA had provided water to White Stallion, the plant would have competed with local farmers for access to the water on which the farmers have depended for decades.
At a time when clean, renewable energy sources like coastal wind and solar are growing at a tremendous pace in Texas, powering homes, farms, and businesses, and protecting our fresh water resources during a two-year drought, why would any investor take the risk of tying up their money in a project like the White Stallion coal plant?
Investors seriously considering placing a bet on White Stallion should first visit Sierra Club’s new
website outlining the challenges Randy Bird faces in continuing to develop the White Stallion coal plant.”