Today, the Arkansas Court of Appeals will hear an appeal filed by opponents to the Turk Power plant now under construction in Hempstead County. The group, which includes the Hempstead County Hunting Club, Schultz Family Management Co., Po-Boy Land Co., and Yellow Creek Corp. argue that the state's Public Service Commission didn't properly review SWEPCO's project before giving it the old rubber stamp. Other groups, including the Sierra Club, have argued that the project is already costing more than expected. They also argue that new environmental regulations from the Obama administration will drive costs up even further for ratepayers.
A report issued by the Energy Information Administration in March found that there was no need for new coal plants. Glen Hooks of the Sierra Club says this is no time for more dirty coal plants. "Our environment, health and economy will be much better off if we start turning away from dirty coal and turning toward clean, renewable sources of energy."