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Mayor Glen Robertson Talks LP&L and Fracking in Lubbock on LFN [AUDIO]

Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson joined Lubbock’s First News Friday morning to recap the first regular night meeting of the City Council.

Robertson said of the first night meeting ending at 10 p.m., “If we could get council members to show up a little better prepared…I think we could get out of there at 9, 9:30.” Robertson said that questions asked by some council members wouldn’t be asked if they read the backup agenda, which they receive on the Friday before the next council meeting.

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Robertson was also asked if he has received any more political threats since his last appearance on KFYO and according to Robertson, “No more than what I am going to receive from that group who backed the people who lost in the last election.

We have a small group of very powerful businessmen in this town handpicking candidates for years. I think their power base is really falling apart. I think they’re going to die a slow death. ”

Robertson mentioned the possibility of building a new power plant for Lubbock after the current contract between LP&L and Xcel Energy expiring in 2019. Xcel provides wholesale power to LP&L.

Lubbock could build a new power plant, bring in a third party to build a new plant then deed over the plant to the city after 20 or 25 years or finding a new power provider.

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Towards the end of the interview, Robertson spoke on his support of the hydraulic fracturing and the people against the issue. Robertson said he was for the fracking when former Mayor Tom Martin signed the contract last year and is for it now.

Robertson believes the health and environmental fears of the fracking brought by Occupy Lubbock are unfounded and he won’t be a proponent for the violating the contract to save the city from potential litigation if the contract is abandoned by the city.

Listen to the full interview to hear questions from callers to the mayor, LP&L and fallout from last month’s blackout, and more.

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