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White Stallion Energy suspends coal plant project

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 15, 2013 at 4:34 pm •  Published: February 15, 2013

The company moved ahead, ignoring the bright yellow "Stop White Stallion" signs. Slowly, members of the Chamber of Commerce, the school district, the county and other officials abandoned support for the plant, despite the promised job creation.

Bird announced in October 2011 that the facility would use a more expensive dry cooling method, requiring about 978 billion gallons of water a year — 85 percent less than the initial plan. But a month later, the Lower Colorado River Authority voted not to grant water to White Stallion.

Several environmental groups, which also had concerns about air and water pollution, called Friday's decision a major victory.

"I think they thought that since we were a small rural community, they would not encounter opposition. They were wrong," Eva Malina, president of the No Coal Coalition, said Friday in a news release.