Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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NYPIRG speaks out against Danskammer expansion proposal

TOWN OF NEWBURGH – The New York Public Interest Research Group is opposed to the proposed expansion of the Danskammer electric power plant. The facility’s owner filed their preliminary scoping statement last Friday to build out the peaker plant.

The facility in the Town of Newburgh would use fracked gas and NYPIRG is among those organizations that believe that is not the way to go when striving for renewable energy, said its regional coordinator Eric Wood.

“We just saw a local victory in the Town of Ulster,” Wood said. “GlidePath felt enough pressure from the community to withdraw their proposal for a peaker plant, which was going to use gas and diesel and generate 20 megawatts of power, but they felt pressure from the community and now they are withdrawing that proposal and they are going to resubmit for solar and battery storage. If they can do it, all these other companies can do it too.”

New Paltz Deputy Mayor Kathleen Tobin said the Danskammer proposal must be rejected. It is “against the stated goals of our governor, and is wrong for our economy, our health, and the environment.” 


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