LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Citizens Speak Out Against Bitcoin Operation

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

The Concerned Citizens of Navarro County are adamantly opposed to the surprise announcement of the Riot Bitcoin mining operation. Local residents did not have any say in the process and are extremely frustrated by the lack of transparency by all involved.

When asked by our organization if we could hold a town hall meeting to discuss our valid concerns, the mayor of Corsicana, Don Denbow, flatly retorted “Denied.”

City officials are ignoring the overwhelmingly negative reaction to the “mine” by we in the local community.

Hundreds of Texans died in the ERCOT grid failure.  We are in a drought right this moment & have been for some time.  It’s obscene to move forward on a project so obviously water & electricity-intensive when both are in short supply and our infrastructure so brittle.

The company, Riot Blockchain, is claiming that 250 jobs will be created in “Phase 1.” 

That’s only .005% of the population in Navarro County.  

A study by Chicago Booth found that energy rates increased for all area residents & businesses once a bitcoin mine moved into an area. 

There are over 7,000 residents in Navarro county living in poverty.  They absolutely cannot afford to see a spike in their utilities.

Bitcoin is used to facilitate illegal & illicit transactions such as human trafficking, drug traffickingtax evasionmoney laundering, and flat-out fraud.  

We. Do. Not. Want. This. In. Our Community.

The Concerned Citizens of Navarro County was just created and we’re already 75-members strong (and growing every day)!  

Thank you,

Jackie Sawicky

Concerned Citizens of Navarro County

This letter is in no way, the opinion of The NavCo Chronicle or it’s staff.

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6 thoughts on “LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Citizens Speak Out Against Bitcoin Operation

  1. Lauren Kelly May 4, 2022 at 10:24 am

    There is ZERO upside to housing this operation in the County.

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  2. Sara May 4, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    I really don’t want this coming into my area of the county. I work in a public school and see first hand the effects that raising the cost of electricity would have on our county. It would be devastating to so many families.

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  3. Jennifer Muir May 4, 2022 at 5:01 pm

    I hope we can stop this! I’ll be happy to help!!!

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  4. Wanda May 4, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    As voters we need to make it know that we should be heard by our elected officials. To have our voices denied being heard by the leaders who were elected by the people is an injustice to those that supported them. We need to make it know, they can be voted out as quickly as they were voted in. Who do we need to speak to for starting a coalition to fight against this unwanted intruder in our county?

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  5. Sabra May 5, 2022 at 8:40 am

    How do you become a member to go against this unhealthy “growth” as they call it.

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  6. Odis Arnold May 5, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    All info I get indicates this company has already purchased 250 plus acres West/SouthWest of Corsicana. It is located about 7100 FM 709, Corsicana, TX. It is about 9 miles from intersection of 709 with 15th street. It is directly across from the large power grid located on North side of 709. Power grid address is 7140 FM 709. They can draw their 1 to 1.5 GW’s of power from it. To bad about the rolling blackouts, etc. that will follow.

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