Learn the Facts
August 31. 2016 – 6:30pm
Knights of Columbus, 171 Jenckes Hill Road, Lincoln, RI.
Public Forum on the proposed Invenergy 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, a two million gallon oil tank, 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 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 and the Rio Accords) are rapidly 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 jobs and tax revenues may seem like a positive draw for this type of construction, costs to the environment, added fire and rescue, decreased property values, slowing down renewables development, the cost of clean up and more, far out weigh any perceived positive economic impact. The emissions from this one 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, North Smithfield, Lincoln and Cumberland 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 hiswords, “…make it impossible for Rhode Island to meet the carbon-emission reduction targets” of the Resilient Rhode Island Act.
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 non-profit private 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 conducted twelve 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.
To date, all the major environmental groups in Rhode Island have come out against the power plant proposal. The Public Forum in Lincoln, RI is scheduled for August 31, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Knights of Columbus hall, 171 Jenckes Hill Road, Lincoln, Rhode Island. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Burrillville Land Trust president, Paul A. Roselli gives the presentation along with invited experts in biology, water and air quality and more.