Several people were paid to support a proposed gas-fired power plant in New Orleans City Council meetings, according to an investigative news website that spoke with the actors.
Entergy New Orleans, which is building the power plant, denies these claims. The utility said it will investigate to find out if anyone within the company acted inappropriately.
The website, called The Lens, also says compensating people to appear in a public meeting is not illegal. Entergy's power plant won city council approval in March.
An actor named Andrew Wiseman said he was paid to participate in a public meeting, according to The Lens. After that disclosure, two more actors contacted the website saying they were paid to support Entergy's power plant at meetings.
Entergy said nobody was paid by Entergy to attend the meeting, adding the utility authorized nobody to pay anyone on behalf of Entergy.