What’s the deal with this power plant?

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has proposed putting a second power plant in Burrillville, Rhode Island! The massive 1000 Megawatt Power Plant fueled by fracked gas and diesel oil proposed for Burrillville would result in the unnecessary industrialization of our rural region and neighborhoods. It would destroy hundreds of acres of pristine interior forest right next to beautiful recreational and conservation areas like; George Washington ParkPulaski Park, Buck Hill Management Area, and more.  The proposed plant would also introduce significant risk to our health and safety through the release of over 3 tons of Hazardous Chemicals and the potential to contaminate our water sources.  The plant would also clog up our town and country roads with massive amounts of daily tanker truck traffic for Water, Diesel Oil, and Ammonia deliveries.  Check out our facts page to learn more about the details and the negative impact of this proposed plant and download the up to date list of Cities, Towns, and Groups formally opposed to the plant.

To date 16 cities and towns in the surrounding area along with every major environmental group and the RI Progressive Democratic Party have all formally opposed the Clear River Energy Center power plant along with thousands and thousands of citizens.  Please help us get the word out and educate people about the plant, the process, the impact, and the lack of need for this project. Please visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/keeprhodeislandbeautiful for all the latest events and information. Hit Like on our Facebook page and Subscribe to our updates to stay up to date.

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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulWednesday, February 22nd, 2017 at 1:54am

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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulSaturday, February 18th, 2017 at 12:45am

Myths and scare tactics are why Rhode Islander's are being forced to fight off the fracked gas and diesel oil powered plant proposed for the middle of the woods in Burrillville, RI. However these six facts dispel all confusion, the plant is not needed and...

Mary Gauvin In life we must make choices. Sometimes we must decide between two incredibly important things because we simply cannot have both, one would come at the cost of the other. This proposal is exactly that. We must choose between the resources that we currently have which would be directly impacted or destroyed by this facility or this power plant which would product electricity for our region. We must weigh the value of both of these things and decide which is more important. There is proof that this energy is not needed. There is proof that it would not substantially decrease the energy rates that we pay. There is proof that renewable energy options are rapidly being implemented in our region. There is tremendous proof that natural gas is not clean and incredibly harmful to our planet's future and that we need to move away from it, not continue to invest in it. What we would stand to lose in order to gain this energy has value. Our forest, our air, our water, our animals, our quiet, our recreational lands, our fishing, our camping, our hiking, our roads, our health, these resources have tremendous value. Do we sacrifice what we have in order to create energy that we do not need? No. That is insultingly illogical and a gross misuse of our valuable resources. The Siting Act, the law that governs the EFSB, says that they cannot approve of this plant if there is no need. The act says that they must put these facilities in locations where their impacts on our natural resources will be most minimized. Electricity that we do not need is not worth sacrificing the resources that we have. Those resources are of critical importance and should be protected.
Guinevere Vanaudenhove I just saw oil prices per barrel are going up
Nick Girardi The price of electricity is not decreasing lol
Rochelle Hannon-Vaughan Gotta move into the 21st century, we are rapidly falling behind the rest of the world in tech. and efficiency. Only thing holding us back is special interests.
Anthony Parente Google "zero point energy" all you greenies should be marching in the street for it. Problem is, it doesn't exist yet. Why? Unlimited free energy/power is not for the little people. They will never relinquish their power over you, never!
John Mondoux Last year the North Smithfield Town Council outlawed wind turbines. If they're not going to allow wind turbines we have to build gas powered power plants.
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulFriday, February 17th, 2017 at 9:46am

Alert! Earlier today the RI Energy Facility Siting Board ruled against the motion to dismiss the Invenergy application for the proposed power plant from both the Town Of Burrillville and CLF. However, the board did indicate that there were a number of open issues and...

Rose Gallotello Isn't one of the opposing towns Thompson CT? Should be 28 RI, 1 CT and 1 MA
Scott Disnard when is the final decision hearing?
Jeremy Bailey The EFSB is meeting on March 6th to discuss what advisory opinions need to be redone given the new water plan.
Stephanie Williams Ed Desorcy
Ray Trinque Why?
Patty Gallagher- Tatro This is sickening and application should of been dismissed!
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulFriday, February 17th, 2017 at 1:03am

Two important announcements: 1. Reminder of the EFSB ruling at 2 PM today on the dismissal requested by CLF and Town of Burrillville. The live stream link is below. 2. Another report released today pointing out more holes in the sate's advisory opinions. While the...

Mary Gauvin Read the article everyone, it really is a HUGE DEAL! This is exactly why we cannot and absolutely SHOULD NOT"trust the process". The state put all of the power of siting these power plants into its own hands, they removed any power that a town or city might have. The state agencies reporting back to the state run Energy Facility Siting Board are either intentionally leaving this critical information out or it is gross negligence on the state's behalf. Either way, this cannot be allowed to go on. These missing elements would damn the project. The state knows this. Are they choosing to intentionally ignore these elements? Do they believe that if they do not address them then they somehow do not exist? Clearly this is false, simply ignoring something that is true does not make it any less true! If we see a glaring problem that the state is not addressing then we have an obligation to do everything in our power to force OUR state to acknowledge and address these very serious problems. We cannot allow them to go unaddressed! From the article: "The advisory opinions of both DEM and SPP are incomplete, inaccurate and, in some areas, deceiving. The information that is provided is of little use to the EFSB, as it evaluates the environmental impacts of the proposed Clear River Energy Center. The deficiencies and poor quality of these opinions have only two possible explanations: the state employees charged with preparing the opinions are incompetent; or, more likely, this fossil-fuel power plant is simply a done deal that no state agency wants to take responsibility for undermining. It appears to be a calculated attempt to diminish the ecological significance of western Burrillville to a level in which the impacts of the proposed power plant would be considered “acceptable.”
Edward Williams We don't want it or need it
Leslie Lemieux This is unbelievable. I have no words. Thank you so much for this Mary Gauvin.
Claudette Recore A reminder... Ecological damage is not easily undone...."Acceptable" environmental impacts is simply putting money over environment and hoping people will think that impacts won't be so bad....An agency trusted to protect our environment failed to take a stand
Rob Manntown Both Motions denied Wtf
Nick DelMonaco And of course Raimondo avoids what she should be doing. Stepping up and doing her job. That's governing the state and making sure all levels are doing their job. The DEM should be repremanded as well as Polisena in Johnston. They have no regard for the citizens and neither does she. She talks about the health and well being of the citizens but laughs at us out the other side of her mouth.
Susan Haines DiLibero WTF?????
Rochelle Hannon-Vaughan Unbelievable.
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulThursday, February 16th, 2017 at 1:30am

Good News! Last night the Town of Warren, RI became the 31st local community to support Burrillville's opposition to the proposed Clear River Energy Center. Thank you Warren, Rhode Island! Spread the word that opposition to this ill-conceived, unneeded, and unwanted plant continues to grow...

ArnieandMeg Battersby This is how Rhode Islanders can work TOGETHER!!
Tom Kimberley Gene Valicenti why don't you ask Gina Whitehouse reed where they stand on this
Bill Gately 31 with 8 to go
Adrienne West If only the White House could get it together like RI 🙂
Lisa Wagenbach Where is Newport and Portsmouth?
Jacob Neves Woo hoo about time Hometown Warren R.I. Better late than never 👍👍
Jacob Neves Now why isn't Town of Barrington RI on the list yet?!
Bill Johnson Don't see Newport?? 🤔
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulWednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 11:58pm

The EFSB has the opportunity to do the right thing tomorrow and approve the motions to dismiss Invenergy's application for the proposed plant from both CLF and the Town of Burrillville. Use this easy form today to join the national campaign from Food and Water...

Mary Gauvin This is an incredibly easy way to take some action, the form takes only minutes to fill out. You could even do it before your coffee this morning, though, I cannot in good faith recommend that! Coffee first, always coffee first! That stuff is liquid magic!
Lynn Clark Please share!
Doreen Costigan Voyer Done and shared!!
Ricky Williams Very easy
Kathan Mospaw Lambert Done and shared
Edward Williams Yes reject
Linda Cardinal Done and shared
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulWednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 6:27am

Valentine’s Day breakup letter from the citizens of Burrillville to Invenergy. According to stats, Valentine’s Day is a popular day to break up and announce it on Facebook and the the citizens of Burrillville didn’t want to be left out. Invenergy, we're sorry, but it's...

Lynn Clark I absolutely love this! Wish Invenergy could get the hint that they are not wanted or needed here in RI!!
Terri Sabella Lacey PERFECT!!!! A must share!!!
Joy Thibodeau Moore Love this, sharing!
David Newton Bravo!
ArnieandMeg Battersby Love it!!
Linsey Theriault Saylor This is excellent!!!!
Elaine Hinton Love it. But we need all of RI to join in and be a voice. Invenergy isn't listening to us because they have been winning every step.
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulWednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 1:20am

Breaking News: 30 Local cities and towns are now formally opposed to the fracked gas and oil power plant proposed for Burrillville, RI! Yes that's right, 30! A huge thank you to Central Falls, Rhode Island, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and West Greenwich,...

Mary Gauvin What a beautiful reflection of neighborly love this is! To know that so many towns and cities do not see arbitrary borders where town lines end but that we are a community, neighbors, friends, family, and that there is power in joining together to do what is right on this issue! Our state has gained a lot for going through this, people standing up and fighting to protect our natural resources, fighting to keep our air clean and our water preserved, fighting against state overreach, fighting to preserve our open spaces, fighting together! That is an incredible thing of value for our region! I hope that our state leaders can see the worth in the people who are fighting to keep Rhode Island beautiful! <3
Jacob Neves What's taking you so long home town Warren RI ?.....
Jason Malo Funny how Raimondo's home town of Smithfield remains silent. What a fraudulent town council.
Fran Phaneuf I thought Coventst too
Mary Pendergast Just sent this Valentine to all the players. Roses are red, Violets are blue. Rhode Island doesn't want this fracked gas power plant. Why do you?
Pam Mcwilliams that is soooo awesome! thank you west greenwich!
Holly Thompson Bellucci Why in gods name is Smithfield not on here!!??
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