NEXT PUBLIC HEARING
WEDNESDAY APRIL 8th 7:30PM
CPV is requesting amendment to the conditional site plan granted to them by the Town of Wawayanda Planning Board
All concerned residents of the surrounding towns this power plant will destroy should attend this meeting and let your voices against this outrage be heard!
Wawayanda Town Hall, Ridgebury Hill Road, Slate Hill, New York 10973 on April 8, 2015 at 7:30 P.M.
Press Release Short Press Release-Town Hall Meeting on CPV Plant (Short)
Press Release Long Press Release-Town Hall Mtg on CPV (long)
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ON SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015 from 1PM – 3PM
Join your neighbors in a community
TOWN HALL MEETING
Senior Center, Shannen Park
1918 Route 284, Slate Hill, NY
to discuss the
CPV POWER PLANT(COMPETITIVE POWER VENTURES)
a 650 MW gas plant about to be built in WAWAYANDA
between Routes 17M, 6 and 84
EMISSIONS WOULD AFFECT ALL LIVING WITHIN A 50-MILE RADIUS-
(Wawayanda, Middletown, Minisink, Otisville, Mt. Hope, Florida, Goshen, Warwick, Chester,
Monroe, Harriman, and beyond)
• Air Quality: 2.1 Million tons of CO2e and over 400 tons of toxic chemicals
• Possible soil contamination: Ground level ozone, radioactivity, and lead
• Impacts upon our precious black dirt farms, and food production:
• Endangered species and Wetlands would be destroyed
THIS WOULD AFFECT OUR HEALTH and SAFETY
• Increased risks of asthma and autism in children, frail and elderly may
face increased risk of cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses
• 15000 gallon ammonia tank and million gallon diesel tank
THIS WOULD AFFECT OUR WALLETS
• Plummeting property values
• Will add only 23 permanent jobs
• Paid for by taxpayer and ratepayer subsidies – Up to 16 percent rate hike
imposed by FERC for the Lower Hudson Valley to pay for this.
• The resulting electricity would be sold in the wholesale market, not directly to
local residents, studies have shown there is no supply need in our area.
THIS IS URGENT: The Governor has not yet approved it
Let’s meet, discuss, and take back the decision-making in our region.
For more information visit:
“Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the
only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
For a printable flyer please click –>Community-Town-Hall-Meeting-Flyer.pdf
Want the facts? Please click–> CPV POWER PLANT FACT SHEET
PLEASE WATCH: CPV will have a 15,000 gallon ammonia tank. This video shows a police officer being killed instantly by ammonia vapors!
Letter Writing Action
Randy Hurst has prepared some ideas for letter writers and a list of contacts for everyone who wishes to take action to stop tax payer funding and stop this project before it’s too late and destroys our living environment. Click here for some ideas for letter writers. Click here for a list of contacts.
Gas infrastructure projects such as the Millennium Pipeline, The Minisink Compressor Station, The proposed CPV Gas Power Plant, the expanding Ramapo interconnect, proposed Pilgrim Pipeline, and AIM expansion, along with the regulatory changes implemented by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission such as the Lower Hudson Capacity Zone, all will have dramatic environmental and economic implications for the Lower Hudson Valley.
We have a unique opportunity to discuss these issues with film-maker Josh Fox, law professor and former Gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout, along with special guest actor James Cromwell. They will all be here this Sunday February 22, 2015 at 11am at SUNY-Orange, Harriman Hall, 115 South Street, Middletown N.Y. 10940
This event includes a theatrical/musical performance, a preview of Fox’s new film on Climate Change, followed by a town hall style Q & A. We hope you join us. The event is free but please RSVP as seats are limited. Please reserve your seats here!
Also if you are on facebook please invite your friends to attend through FB
I hope to see you there to help build solutions
Our Letter to Governor Cuomo
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS Capitol Building
Albany, New York 12224
January 28, 2014
Dear Governor Cuomo:
We would like to express our sincere and deep appreciation for your prohibition of high volume hydraulic fracturing in New York State, based on the public health concerns identified by Commissioner Zucker and the economic reasoning of Commissioner Martens.
This bold decision displayed great leadership, foresight and a deep commitment to safeguard the health and safety of all New York citizens. We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, request that the same reasoning and the same courageous leadership that went into banning horizontal drilling serve to reject any and all state support for the proposed CPV Valley Energy Center. It is a 650 MW gas-fired power plant project in Orange County that now seeks to secure power purchase agreements and other guarantees from state entities.
We oppose the project for the following reasons:
1. This project does not meet any reasonable clean energy standards. It would be a new source of over 2.1 million tons of CO2 emissions annually. Much of the fuel would derive from high-volume fracking wells in Pennsylvania. This fracked gas would be backed up by a diesel-fuel tank of nearly a million gallons. The global warming potential (GWP) of this project must be calculated from the full life cycle of the gas — from wellhead to power plant, assessing combustion as well as the fugitive methane that leaks or is purposely vented during the extraction, processing and transportation of the gas.
2. According to the U.N. sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, methane has a GWP 86 times that of CO2 over a 20-year time frame. The expected life of this project is thirty years , well past the climate tipping point. A more recent IPCC report concludes that, to avert climate catastrophe, greenhouse gas levels must be significantly reduced by 2020, a mere five years from now! These and other reports indicate that we must transition away from fossil fuels entirely. The notion that gas is a bridge fuel is not supported by the science.
The climate crisis is an economic as well as environmental threat given the extensive property damage resulting from super storms, such as Sandy, that are caused by rising temperature. In fact, with the current trajectory, by mid-century, climate change is expected to cost New York State 10 billion dollars annually.
3. The CPV project is highly controversial because many environmental and public health concerns raised by local residents were never addressed during the State Environmental Quality Review Act review, which was led by the local town board (problematic in its own right). The project is located on pristine land of “agricultural significance,” unusually rich in cultural and archeological resources. Indeed, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation identifies it as a Critical Environmental Area (CEA). It sits on the edge of New York’s famed black-dirt region, home to many specialty farms, orchards and vineyards. The project site includes designated wetlands, endangered species habitat and farmland of historical significance.
Most disconcerting is that it would be in close proximity to residential neighborhoods and schools, including a public housing project directly adjacent to the site. Exposure to particulate matter and volatile organic compounds has long been documented to increase cardiovascular, respiratory and cancer risks. This is a massive industrial facility that simply does not belong in such a sensitive area.
Now CPV seeks to burden the public further by expecting taxpayers and ratepayers to fund its construction and operation. This is also contrary to representations made by CPV during Public Service Commission proceedings that the project would be funded and secured by private financing arrangements.
4. This project is not needed. New York State currently has excess electric power generation capacity, only utilizing approximately 41% of existing generation capacity. As identified in the New York Independent System Operator Power Trends 2013 Report and supported by the NYS Energy Plan, there is no current or anticipated shortage of electrical power supply in our state. While there is an imbalance between upstate and downstate energy supplies, the New York State Energy Highway Blueprint Initiative would implement transmission upgrades that will remedy the present delivery congestion.
Any future needs must be met by 100% renewable energy choices. As the cost of solar and wind energy continues to decrease dramatically, the idea of spending 900 million dollars on polluting fossil fuel infrastructure burdened with heavy externalities is untenable and irrational.
5. Finally, New York State’s principled and informed position on fracking must logically be extended to ban the use of fracked gas for both material and moral reasons.
(a) The air quality and water impacts identified by the studies cited by Commissioner Zucker cannot be stopped at the Pennsylvania/NY border.
(b) If fracking is not safe for New Yorkers it is not safe for our neighbors in PA. Increasing our dependence on and use of fracked gas would increase regional, as well as local, environmental and public health risks. It would also make us complicit in the suffering and harm of our neighbors.
In conclusion, the CPV project is not consistent with New York’s vision of a clean, sustainable energy future. It would create enormous adverse environmental impacts and jeopardize public health. It seeks to transfer all of the costs and risks onto ratepayers and taxpayers. It would require an extensive infrastructure network that would accelerate the climate crisis and displace investments in renewable energy. For these reasons, we the undersigned urge you to reject consideration and approval of the CPV Valley Energy Center project.
Cc: The Honorable Audrey Zibelman
New York State Public Service Commission
Three Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12223-1350
350MA-Berkshires Arnold Piacentini, Coordination Team Member
Shira Wohlberg, and Anne O’Connor
Judy Eddy, Coordinator No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure/Pro-Renewables Campaign
Artisan Kitchen and Bath
David Drugmand, Construction Supervisor
Christopher Derby Kilfoyle, President
Bread Eaters of Beaver
Russell Honicker, Baker
Breathe Easy Susquehanna County (BESC)
Rebecca Roter, Chairperson
Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy
Heidi Gogins, Director
Center for Environmental Health
Leigh Scudder, Intern
Citizen Action of NY
Kat Fisher, Lead Organizer
Citizens Environmental Coalition
Barbara Warren, Executive Director
Clean Air Council
Matt Walker, Community Outreach Director
Harriet Shugarman, Executive Director
Community Environmental Health
Concerned Residents of Oxford NY
Mina Takahashi, Founding member
Damascus Citizens for Sustainability
Ruth Hardinger and B. Arrindell, Director
Delaware Action Group
Carole Marner, Founding Member
Food And Water Watch
Eric Weltman, Senior Organizer
Julia Walsh, Director
SPAN Oann Myersj
Gas Free Seneca
Yvonne Taylor, Co-Founder
Global Community Monitor
Jessica Hendricks, Senior Program Manager
Grassroots Environmental Education
Patti Wood, Executive Director
Howie Hawkins, 2014 candidate for NY Governor
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc.
Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Director
Hungry Hill Air Patrol, Hancock, NY (Compressor Station)
Gerald J Faucher, Organizer
Jamie Tousant, Levi Tousant, Malissa Williams
Madcopreservation Andrea Sutherland , DeRuyter NY
Madison County Neighbors for Environmental Preservation
Liz Haskins, Concerned Citizen
Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network
Kathryn Eiseman, Director
Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community
Tammy Mangan and Ted Cady, Secretary
Buck Moorhead, Director
People For a Healthy Environment
Protect Orange County
Deb Slattery, Director
Ramapo Lenape Indians
Joseph Liporace Jr
Ramapough Lenape Nation
Jack Anderson, Tribal Counsel Member
Roseland Against Compressor Station (RACS)
SACRED (Sullivan Area Citizens for Responsible Energy Development)
Wendy Robinson, Co-founder
Sane Energy Project
Clare Donohue, Program Director
Save Native Sites
Judy Abbott, Gallery owner/ Artist
Second Home Solution
Patricia Drugmand, Property Manager
Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter
Randolph Hurst, Ramapo/Catskill Group Conservation Committee Chairman
Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion
Susan Van Dolsen, Co-founder
Stop The Minisink Compressor Station (StopMCS)
Pramilla Malick, Founder
The Mothers Project
Angela Monti Fox, Director
Edward Nardi, Citizen
Mina Hamilton. Writer
Mary Beth Egan, NY taxpayer
Hope Sandrow, Artist
Natalie Jean Tyner
Bernard Handler, DCS, steering committee
Sandra Kissam, Orange County Citizen, Newburgh, NY
Erika Myers, Private Citizen, Historic Home and land owner
A Dangerous gas-fired electrical power plant is planned for Wawayanda
What does this mean for you?
- Exposure to carcinogens and neurotoxins 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some of these are nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxides, volatile organic compounds, mercury compounds and formaldehyde; making your children sick
- Possible methane contamination of our water supply.
- Contamination of our soil with particulate matter.
- Dangerous risk of explosion for all workers and nearby residents and businesses.
- Industrialization of the area and a drastic reduction of your property value.
- Pipelines tearing up your yards to transport gas from the Millennium pipeline to the plant with others also planning to connect.
WHAT CAN WE DO? …………..STOP IT!
- Tell the Wawayanda town board that you don’t want it!
- Tell the City of Middletown that you don’t want it!
- Tell the PSC (Audrey Zibelman) that you don’t want it!
CPV VALLEY PETITIONING FOR A CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE AND NECESSITY
Date: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Orange County Community College (SUNY Orange) Library/Gilman Center, Room 130
115 South Street, Middletown, NY 10940
A .pdf copy of the notice can be found by clicking here
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Please know that there are other ways to submit comments if you can’t make it to the public hearing. We encourage everyone to speak out and let PSC know that this power plant is NOT needed! Thank you!
In all correspondence, please be sure to put Case 10-E-0501.
Internet: http://www.dps.ny.gov/ Click on search and enter the case number (10-E-0501) in the search by case number box. OR go directly to the search page: http://www3.dps.ny.gov/W/PSCWeb.nsf/All/B428BB2B680CD9B485257687006F3890?OpenDocument and the “search by case number” is the third search down. In the open case, enter comments in the “post comments” located at the top of the page.
Email: Hon. Kathleen H. Burgess, Secretary at email@example.com
Regular Mail: Secretary Burgess at the New York State Public Service Commission, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12223-1350
Telephone: 1.800.335.2120 (Commission’s Opinion Line)
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PUBLIC COMMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING BY JUNE 14, 2013 TO THE NYSDEC AT THE FOLLOWING CONTACT:
Christoper M. Hogan
625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233
***On May 8, 2013, the Town of Wawayanda Planning Board voted unanimously to give CPV conditional site plan, special use and lot line consolidation permits. This is the legacy they feel they must leave for future generations!***
***UPDATE: The City of Middletown waived CPV zoning variances on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. There was no public hearing!***
GO TO THE NEXT CRITICAL ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS MEETING, CITY OF MIDDLETOWN
**CPV Keeps canceling and/or not scheduling this** zoning board of appeals hearing …
Wednesday, March 20 2013 7:00PM CANCELLED
Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 7:00 PM CANCELLED
Please check the City of Middletown Web site for new date and/or future cancellations and agenda of public hearing for CPV Valley here
Middletown City Hall
16 James Street, Middletown, NY 10940
The town board has approved this project but it is not finalized and it is not too late to stop it. contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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