Learn the Facts

Learn the Facts
Kingston Free Library, June 14, 2016 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm
a Public Forum on the proposed fracked gas-fired power plant in
Northwest Rhode Island

If built, the proposed fracked gas-fired power plant in northwestern Rhode Island will be the largest gas-fired power plant in New England. When you add the size of the power plant, construction of new transmission lines, new sewer lines, new gas and cooling water pipelines, and other new infrastructure development the project will impact over 200 acres of forested land and wetlands in northwestern Rhode Island.

The emissions from the proposed power plant will cover a thirty-one mile radius impacting most of Rhode Island and releasing greater than normal EPA emissions levels to the towns of Burrillville, Glocester, Smithfield and North Smithfield as well as Douglas, Webster and Uxbridge, MA and Putnam and Thompson, CT. The greenhouse gas  emissions from this one power plant, according to J. Timmons Roberts – Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at Brown University will, in his words, “…make it impossible for Rhode Island to meet the carbon-emission reduction targets” of the Resilient Rhode Island Act.

The Burrillville Land Trust along with the Rhode Island Association of Conservation Commissions is holding an interactive public forum addressing the many issues regarding the proposed power plant in the northwest corner of Rhode Island.

The power plant comes at a time when New England and the US (through the Paris Climate Change Conference) are moving away from fossil fuels and towards renewable resources and energy efficiency. This power plant will lock Rhode Island into an antiquated fossil fuel economy for the next 50 years.

While the proposed power plant is slated for northwest Rhode Island, the impact will be region wide. The power plant became a statewide issue owing to the support of Gina Raimondo, Governor of Rhode Island. “The concept that the opposition to this power plant is one of ‘not in my backyard’ faded away long ago as the Resilient Rhode Island Act became law for the entire state,” so says Paul Roselli, president of the Burrillville Land Trust. “The Paris Climate Change Conference elevated the RI Act from a state level to a regional and global issue. Increased greenhouse gas emissions know no boundary,” Roselli said.

To date, the land trust has held five public forums since March, 2016. This pubic forum gives attendees an opportunity to learn some of the facts about the proposed power plant. While the land trust is interested in land preservation and increasing the health and protection of all species, the public forums attempt to provide factual information so the audience can decide for themselves what is best for their town and for their state.

Opposition to the power plant spilled over into Thompson, CT during one of the Learn the Facts presentations. On May 26 nearly 60 people attended a two hour Learn the Facts at the Thompson Public Library. “All I did was read from the Invenergy application. Everyone in the room was concerned calling the power plant and impact to the environment ‘ugly’,” Roselli says.

The Public Forum in Kingston, RI is scheduled for June 14, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Kingston Free Library, 2605 Kingstown Rd, Kingston, RI 02881.

Burrillville Land Trust president, Paul A. Roselli gives the presentation along with invited experts in biology, water and air quality and more. The public is invited.

 

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