The inhabitants of Flóahreppur township in south Iceland declared at a meeting yesterday that they were opposed to Iceland’s National Energy Company’s (Landsvirkjun’s) plans for a power plant by Urridafoss waterfall.
“They will make fun of us everywhere if we accept these bribes,” Flóahreppur inhabitant Albert Sigurjónsson said after township commissioner Margrét Sigurdardóttir explained the National Energy Company had offered, among other things, to improve roads and the GSM network in the region if the inhabitants agreed to the power plant, as Morgunbladid reports.
At the meeting the National Energy Company was criticized for planning a power plant too close to inhabited areas and in an active earthquake zone. The Flóahreppur township council had stated earlier that the community would not benefit much from the power plant and it was unclear how the National Energy Company would repair potential damages to the environment.
Yesterday’s meeting was held to find a solution that all parties could agree too.
Neighboring communities have already accepted the Urridafoss power plant and added it to their urban planning, but Flóahreppur remains dissatisfied with the National Energy Company’s plans.