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 35 cities and towns in the surrounding area, every major environmental group, and a host of other organizations and leaders 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 BeautifulFriday, August 18th, 2017 at 9:59am

Important new study sites that in the years 2007- 2015, the use of more renewable energy resources instead of fossil fuels prevented premature deaths and sickness in the US, saving thousands of people and billions of dollars in health care and climate- related costs!!
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulThursday, August 17th, 2017 at 2:04am

ATTENTION! Objection filed to Burrillville's Data Request, Town denied necessary information!

On July 25 the Town of Burrillville submitted Data Request 32-9:

In light of the litigation concerning the proposed Johnston water supply arrangement, have any attempts been...

Mary Gauvin So, let me get this straight, not only do we not have any control at all as a Town whether or not this power plant gets sited here, but we, yet again have to sit by as our data requests go unanswered. We can't say if we want it or not and we don't even get to know what is coming our way of it is approved. Sounds like a super trustworthy Process...
Lynn Martin Gonyea EFSB should deny the application not suspend it, they are not following the rules or the law
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulTuesday, August 15th, 2017 at 3:00am

Providence State Representative, Aaron Regunberg addresses the proposed National Grid rate hike in his piece, Let's fight back against rate increase.

He explains, correctly, how the proposed Burrillville power plant does not and would not have any impact on this proposed rate...

ArnieandMeg Battersby GO SOLAR🌞
Alicia Ann Kelley It is imperative that we continue to work with our local and federal members of government to change the conversation on renewable energy. There is a lot of misinformation out there. Education and open lines of communication are key to our continued success in releasing ourselves from the chokehold fossil fuel dependence has us in.
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulSunday, August 13th, 2017 at 5:52am

RI Woodland Partnership realizes the value of Rhode Island's remaining forests, state parks, wildlife management areas and conservation land!

From the article; "We believe that preventing the loss and fragmentation of Rhode Island’s forestland is a critical aspect of protecting natural...

Bill Eccleston This is the comment I posted on this article: "You are missing one item your list. Reform the Energy Facilities Siting Board Act. We already have good policies. Each town has a comprehensive plan, with rational zoning schemes delineated, and planning boards and zoning boards are in place to interpret them, and the state has a State Guide Plan that is supposed to co-ordinate the whole show. But... The Energy Facilities Siting Board is empowered to ignore it all, everything. You have a major industrial facility, the Clear River Energy Center, proposed for a site on the border of thousands of acres of contiguous protected lands, mostly public, in northwest RI, far from any industrial zone delineated on any local or State Guide Plan map. Yet, legally speaking, that means nothing. Three people will exercise the Board's arbitrary power---everyone and everything else be damned. First, of course, the power plant must be stopped. It would be helpful if the Rhode Island Woodland Partnership came flat out and said that. Especially because of the unreported fact that the Algonquin Gas Transmission Company owns close to 700 acres along its property line with the George Washington Wildlife Management Area and Pulaski State Park. There is lots more room for several more power plants, and gas liquification plants, and storage farms adjacent to the Invenergy site. Allow one, and you will not stop any of those to follow. A major energy industrial site will extend a huge footprint of sound and light into into thousands of acres of publicly owned conservation land, land that has taken two generations and several million dollars to assemble. Any policy short of a comprehensive reform of the plenary powers, and the composition of, the Energy Facilities Siting Board, is besides the point. What the environmental community of RI needs to do is get working now on a fundamental EFSB reform bill. A number of separate bills offered this past session in the General Assembly provide an outline. But the matter is to get it all packaged into one piece that can be sold to the public and to the various non-environmental interests that have skin in the land-use game. But in the meanwhile, the Invenergy plant, and the awful precedent it will set, must be stopped. Could there be a more compelling reason to step out of one's institutional comfort zone and speak than this?"
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulSaturday, August 12th, 2017 at 5:57am

On this last day of the work week, we thank the Cumberland Conservation Commission for their opposition to the proposed fracked gas and diesel fueled power plant siting in Burrillville, Rhode Island.

"The Cumberland Conservation Commission
was formed as a result...

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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulFriday, August 11th, 2017 at 6:00am

Today, we would like to humbly thank the City of Providence for standing with Burrillville in opposition of the proposed fracked gas and diesel fueled power plant here in Northern Rhode Island.

The City of Providence passed their resolution opposing the siting...

Anita Bevans Thank-you Providence !!!!
Cheryl Sabella Murphy Thank you!!!!!
Mary T Ford Thank you Providence!!
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulFriday, August 11th, 2017 at 2:11am

The promotion of natural gas as a a "clean fuel" is an illusion!

From the article, "As America’s power plants have replaced coal with fracked gas, carbon emissions have fallen because natural gas produces half as much CO2 as coal when you...

Mary Gauvin Gas is not a clean fuel. Last I checked you do not need a "major source" air pollution permit for solar or wind or hydro power. This is the exact type of permit that the proposed Clear River Energy Center requires. It would be a major source of air pollution for decades to come should it be sited. This is unacceptable! It is a dirty fossil fuel. It is not clean and it is not a magical bridge, it is an industry with enough wealth and power to create the aforementioned illusion of being clean all the while being dirty and in the case of methane emissions, dirtier! Time to stop letting this industry destroy our planet for profit!
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulThursday, August 10th, 2017 at 9:14am

CONGRATS, Rhode Island!
Today, in front of the beautiful ground-mounted solar array at the Quonset Business Park, Governor Gina M. Raimondo, joined by State Energy Commissioner Carol Grant, Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit and members of the General Assembly, signed legislation...

Mary Gauvin The way I see it, we cannot afford to lock 1,000 megawatts into a not even approved yet fossil fuel power plant. We are actually doing what we should be doing. And so permitting the proposed Burrillville power plant would set us incredibly far back. Gas is not a bridge fuel if that bridge cannot be crossed. We left the coal end of the bridge behind, that end of the bridge is gone. We should now ONLY be building the renewables so that we can get off the bridge and where we are meant to go. Extending the bridge another 40 years needlessly is foolish and wrong.
Donna Cormier
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