Local leaders hold town hall meeting on potential sale of Santee Cooper

Berkeley County News

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCBD) – Several residents in Berkeley County on Monday spoke out about the potential sale of Santee Cooper.

State Senator Larry Grooms organized a town hall meeting at Berkeley High School, which offered the public a chance to learn more about the potential deal and to have their questions answered.

Senator Grooms opened the town hall with a review of how we ended up at this point.

After the failed nuclear deal with SCE&G that ended with Santee Cooper losing $4 billion, the legislature approved Dominion’s purchase of SCE&G. Now, the House and Senate have bills that would allow Santee Cooper to be sold.

Grooms said legislators are basically wanting to sell Santee Cooper without enough information.

“When you just roll it up in one resolution and throw it out there and say ‘sell it and then we’ll figure out later,’ that is the worst possible policy of the general assembly can ever enact,” he said during that town hall event.

Representative Sylleste Davis also spoke talked about how she retired from Santee Cooper and can’t believe a possible sale is looking like a real possibility.

People in the audience asked several questions, including why some electric cooperatives are supporting a sale.

“I would really like to understand why they signed an agreement with Santee Cooper for 50 years and now they are deciding to backtrack and are not supporting Santee Cooper,” she asked.

Moncks Corner Councilman Chad Sweatman wanted to know why Santee Cooper needs to be sold at all.

“Santee Cooper is not a burden upon our state—Santee Cooper is responsible for its own payments back on this debt and the state is not responsible for any,” he said.

Senator Grooms told the audience that they should get in touch with their friends and family across the state and let their legislators know what their thoughts are regarding Santee Cooper.

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