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Fall River protests against water deal with Invenergy



Fall River residents and environmental allies protested the water deal between Invenergy, the Chicago-based company that wants to build a $1 billion fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant in the pristine forests of north western Rhode Island, and the City of Fall River in Massachusetts. The agreement between Fall River and Benn Water, the company Invenergy has tasked with trucking water from Fall River to Burrillville, was agreed to without the knowledge of the Fall River City Council or city residents.

Collin Dias, a 17-year old student who goes to Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River, held the protest outside the Fall River Government Center.

“I had this rally today because I am a very unhappy and concerned citizen,” said Dias. “After doing my research about this bad water deal and what’s going on with Invenergy and everything in Rhode Island I believe that it’s in the best interest that the City [of Fall River] stops this deal…

“We should not be known as the city that backs big corporations and power plants like the one in Rhode Island… We need to be known as the city that stands up for the environment.”

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Steve Ahlquist is a frontline reporter in Rhode Island. He has covered human rights, social justice, progressive politics and environmental news for half a decade. Uprise RI is his new project, and he's doing all he can to make it essential reading.