Danger ahead _ warwick greenwood lake ny _ local news

By Abby Wolf WARWICK — Representatives of Sustainable Warwick – in conjunction with Protect Orange County – warned of potential long-lasting environmental harm from the proposed Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) Valley Energy Project, a 650-megawatt hydraulic fracturing (“fracked”) gas plant to be built in the Town of Wawayanda, at its presentation at Sanfordville Elementary School on Jan. E85 gasoline 20.

The plant – to be built on a 122-acre site – will include two 275-foot smokestacks, electrical interconnects, a near-million gallon diesel tank, a 15,000-gallon ammonia tank and a seven-mile lateral pipeline that will connect to the Millennium Pipeline in Minisink, according to information provided by Protect Orange County.

The crowd of about 250 citizens listened as speakers made the case that the proposed gas plant would not only be detrimental to the environment, but would also cause great risks to health and human safety.

The speakers also cautioned of the potential deleterious effects such a plant would have on local agriculture, as well as on property values in the long term.

They added that there is no economic justification for building such a plant: the number of permanent jobs to be created by the project would be minimal, and energy demand in New York State is projected to be basically flat for the near future.

The speakers also raised concerns that the project has essentially been handed off from the State Department of Environmental Conservation to the Town of Wawayanda with little to no public input or oversight.

Since the plant would by design be linked to the fracking industry, this is problematic, as Gov. Electricity symbols Andrew Cuomo signed into law a ban on fracking in New York State.

Devil’s advocateBrian Baird of Sustainable Warwick presented as devil’s advocate, offering the industry’s points in favor of the power plant, after reassuring the audience that the people who want to build the plant “don’t have horns on their heads; they just think differently than we do.”

Construction of the power plant is expected to create some 500 construction jobs and 3,000 construction-related jobs (e.g., cement and rebar workers), with 25 full-time jobs to come from the plant itself. Gas oil ratio chainsaw Those jobs are presumed to be low-impact on local services, as they would not add to the school district.

CPV will pay $47 million over 20 years to Orange County, Wawayanda and New York State, with $38 million of that to be paid to Wawayanda schools.

CPV and the City of Middletown have signed a compact that gives the company at least 400,000 gallons per day of grey water, and permits them to dump their wastewater into the city’s sewage treatment plant, in exchange for $500,000 a year.

The CPV plant’s developers promise to provide adequate, low-cost energy that would be cleaner than coal. Grade 6 electricity worksheets CPV’s generators are said by the company to be 60 per cent efficient with second-stage burning, further reducing CO2 and VOC levels.

The company maintains that, with regard to health and environmental impacts, it meets all compliance requirements under the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act.

Regarding the safety of the plant, CPV claims it will build sufficient buffer zones and containment shells, and will have emergency response training for its staff.

Guest speakersVeteran actor, environmental advocate and local resident James Cromwell said that after being involved in worthy causes for decades, “I have a decidedly jaundiced view of the electoral process, from the president to the local town board.”

Still, some people, he added, have been leaders that had shown “courage and perspicacity,” such as the late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan; Senator Elizabeth Warren; and former eight-term Congressman and two-time presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich.

As chair of the Domestic Policy Subcommittee, he investigated the sub-prime mortgage meltdown that would’ve “soaked taxpayers out of hundreds of millions of dollars.”

He told the story how, as mayor of Cleveland, he was instrumental in stopping construction of a jetport that would’ve poisoned the “sole source of drinking water for the people of Cleveland;” how he challenged the construction of a power plant in Cleveland; how he blocked Ohio from receiving nuclear waste from other states when he was in the Ohio state senate; and as Congressman, how he worked with Representative Henry Waxman of California to protect the Clean Water Act.

As to the proposed gas power plant in Wawayanda: “As someone who looks at these things with a jeweler’s eye…there’s something really wrong with how this has been presented as a fait accompli.”

He added that corporations “shift the cost of doing business” onto people, leading to declining health and property values, and the “destruction of the commons.”

But, he added, there’s a “new consciousness stirring in the world,” including the Pope – to “respect, not exploit, natural resources.” He encouraged society develop new technologies for peace and a better environment for all.

He continued: “Falling oil prices are demolishing the frackers…the industry is getting crushed.” Shale oil, he said, can’t make a profit below $50 a barrel; oil is now “far below” the break-even price for shale oil. Power company near me There has been a 70 per cent or greater decline in the first year of shale oil, as well as fracked gas wells.

Speaking to Governor Cuomo’s signing of the fracking ban in New York: “If you ban the product of poison, why purvey fruit of the poison tree?”

Kucinich added that fracking consumes water resources: The shale industry at its peak produced 2.5 million barrels a day, and used 315 million barrels of water per day – all of which will lead to eventual water shortages, and harm to the poor and vulnerable. 7 cases movie He even touched on the crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Kucinich wanted know if the “books have been cooked” in the New York energy market: there is a 63 per cent surplus in electricity in New York. Electricity and magnetism review game Demand is falling, largely due to a decrease in Upstate industrial use. Electricity lyrics Yet New Yorkers pay higher than average electricity prices than the other Lower 48 states.

If there’s a surplus, he questioned, why are new energy companies coming in? The answer, he said: “To keep prices from falling,” due to market manipulation.

“It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Gastroenteritis Each time we stand up for an ideal, or act to improve the lot of others, or strike out against injustice, we send forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing

each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”