State police are now investigating apparently-fake emails sent to legislators last week that called on them not to undermine a proposed merger between the utilities SCANA and Dominion Energy.
The State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) said Tuesday it will look into the emails tied to the Consumer Energy Alliance at the request of lawmakers. Members of the House said at least some of the thousands of emails they received from the group appear to be from the email accounts of constituents who deny sending them. The email surge came as the House moved to block Dominion from continuing to use customers’ power bills to pay back debt on a failed nuclear project should its SCANA purchase be approved.
“As I was scrolling through the emails, they were all form letters and one name, in particular, I recognized as my neighbor and friend, so I hit “reply” on the email and when I did, it was not an email that I recognized as his,” said House Majority Leader Gary Simrill, R-York.
House leaders maintained the emails were part of a pattern by SCANA and Dominion officials to mislead the public on problems at the ill-fated V.C. Summer nuclear expansion project. The project was ultimately abandoned last year after going years behind schedule and billions over its initial budget. [Read more…]