Enbridge welcomes locals,

June 16, 2015: By Sandi Argo

Local residents, land owners, community leaders and business representatives were among those gathered at the site of the Enbridge Keechi Wind Project for an open house and welcome meeting. Members of the RES “team” as well as Enbridge and Vesta Energy met with the public for an informative meeting. Alton Morris kicked the meeting off (in his first official speech) commending the companies for their contribution in the growth of the county. Morris’ speech was followed by several other speakers who brought interesting facts about the project.

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  • There are 55 wind turbines in the Keechi project, which produce enough energy to supply electricity to…
  • 40,000 homes. The project includes…
  • 12 miles of transmission lines. The project brought…
  • 250 jobs (although not all were from the county). The companies invested…
  • $5.5 MILLION in Jack County through the Keechi Project. They reported…
  • ONLY ONE “injury” during the time that the project was in construction. The injury…
  • A black widow spider bite.

Safety was the main goal. The Keechi project actually finished ahead of schedule, making the safety record even more impressive. Enbridge is dedicated to being a “community involved” company. To prove that, they presented several local organizations and entities with checks to help further their missions. The following each received $1500.00 (and not to be out done, Vesta Energy announced they would match all that was given today)! The recipients included:

  • Jack County Sheriff Office
  • Jack County Rural Fire Department
  • Jacksboro Fire Department
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jack County
Jack County Sheriff Melvin Mayo accepts a donation of $1500.00 made by Enbridge. Vesta Energy also announced they would match all donations given today.

Jack County Sheriff Melvin Mayo accepts a donation of $1500.00 made by Enbridge. Vesta Energy also announced they would match all donations given today.

Also benefiting from the generosity will be the Breast Little Fun Run/Walk (employees of Enbridge, Vesta and RES are planning to participate in the event)! Plans to make future contributions to other causes are being made.

A ribbon cutting was held and a luncheon, catered by Chris Malloy, was served. Like so many other things that have gone right for the project, the rain made temperatures cool and visiting friends and fellow neighbors ┬ávery comfortable. If things continue as they are, the county will see a very long and beneficial relationship with this project. Progress is hard to take sometimes. We like things to stay they way they are. But it is also necessary to grow and prosper. The Keechi project aims to serve the county, which is as refreshing as the rain that fell on the wind turbines as they quietly “swished” along.

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