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 BeautifulSaturday, June 24th, 2017 at 5:03am

What does the win in superior court this week really mean for the overall Invenergy-Johnston water lawsuit and the proposed plant? In short, increased scrutiny and potentially looking for yet another (legal) water source which would mean even more delays! Share this blog from Jerry...

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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulSaturday, June 24th, 2017 at 12:20am

Media Alert: Power plant issue hits GoLocal's hot or not again as Burrillville's own TC Pres John Pacheco makes the hot list! "In a brilliant move, the Burrillville town council president, John Pacheco, and his colleagues, have decided to use Invenergy’s own money to help...

Denise Potvin My favorite line of all: "Ironically, this could mean that Invenergy’s own funding could potentially thwart the proposal. Let’s hope so, since this is not good for the environment."
Chris Andrews Shouldn't Raimondo be on the top of the NOT list every week?
Rose Gallotello Yay!
Lauren Dicamillo If the town and city council didn't accept Invenergy's tax incentive in the first place. .....this would not even be an issue. This did not happen overnight. Greed from all sides was involved. Now it all hits the fan.
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulFriday, June 23rd, 2017 at 3:03am

Alert! Town of Burrillville responds to new fake grass roots propaganda groups promoting the proposed plant. Speed the word. "We urge people to carefully look at the statements and advertisements from the group. Keep in mind these are Invenergy’s alternative facts and ongoing propaganda just...

Mary Gauvin I am alarmed at the lies and mis-truths that I am seeing in this new PR campaign funded by Invenergy. Some of them are just so blatantly wrong! Many scare tactics are being utilized that are not based in truth. If you have spent the last two years reading everything and learning about all of this process, about energy in New England, about this proposal itself, you will see through this disinformation and easily discredit it. Unfortunately there are still many people who are unfamiliar with ISO-NE and how our gird is maintained and kept reliable, with why our energy costs are so high and how this has nothing to do with the production end of energy, with what this area is, forests, zoned for residential and farm use and NOT an industrial zone. I am profoundly thankful to those in Keep Rhode Island Beautiful for their commitment to education about this proposal, about this process and about Rhode Island. I am thankful to each and every person who has taken the time to learn and to teach and to understand. Hopefully this propaganda campaign will be seen for what it is, scare tactics and lies.
Jiggzy Piconi Invenergy did the same thing in JESSUP, Pa. It was called Jobs for Jessup...turns out there are few jobs for local people...all of the promises were lies, and the biggest poison gas plant in the State is under construction near our Little League field...thanks Invenergy and our corrupt Counsel and Solicitor.
Cindy Ring Idk why their tricks and bs would work...no one wants this shitty plant. Reguardless of who you voted for,or what you believe...RI does not want.it. Idk anyone that wants this plant. NOT ONE PERSON!
Karen Jalette Lachance That's all Big Corporations do, lie cheat , and steal
Wayne Sloman Pond scum has more integrity than Invenergy!
Matt Hiley Aubrey Dante
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulFriday, June 23rd, 2017 at 1:03am

Press Release from the Town of Burrillville: It's a movie ready script, huge out of state company costs small town millions to defend itself. Citizens, grass-roots organizations, and environmental groups rise to the occasion to help. Read all about it and share! http://www.rifuture.org/defending-burrillville-millions/

Kirby McCreadie But every penny is well worth it to help keep us beautiful and serene
Mary Gauvin This is a long, complicated, terrifying, frustrating, excruciating battle for Burrillville, for the town, for the residents, for the state, for our leaders, for the region. This has impacted many many lives over the last couple of years since this project was announced. I do not envy the Town Council who were put into an incredibly tough spot. I firmly believe that they thought they had no choice and had to take the resources in order to battle this billion dollar company that came in heralded by state leaders. This is not a fair fight. The town cannot fight this on a level playing field. This is the unfortunate truth. You need big money to fight bigger money.
Robert Gagne Most of you don't actually give two cents who a lot of this actually hurts.
Robert RJ Beretta I'm sure they have more than enough information already to fight this.....why will it cost millions.....someone is trying to get rich....
Robert RJ Beretta There should be a lawyer that lives around in BURRILLVILLE that should represent us for free.....
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulWednesday, June 21st, 2017 at 11:37pm

More coverage of yesterday's bombshell decision to deny Invenergy's motion to dismiss. Make no mistake, they will be looking for more of our state's water as a backup plan now. Spread the word, don't sell water to Invenergy!

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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulWednesday, June 21st, 2017 at 7:22am

Update: More information regarding today's RI Superior Court decision to deny the motion to dismiss the CLF & Town of Burrillville lawsuit regarding the Johnston-Invenergy water deal. The lawsuit against the water deal will move forward and will be decided by the court, not the...

Tom Kimberley I hope the people of Johnston realize the type of people they have elected ones who are willing to sell our kids water supply for a few lousy dollars , it's not even alot of money ... the residents of Johnston have given enough to corporate greed with the citizens bank deal (30 million) we don't need to fund inverengy
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulWednesday, June 21st, 2017 at 3:32am

Breaking News: The lawsuit from CLF & The Town Of Burrillville against the Town Of Johnston challenging the water deal with Invenergy will go forward. The motion to dismiss the lawsuit was denied. Judge Silverstein also confirmed that it will be decided by the court...

Keep Rhode Island Beautiful Not Confidential June 20, 2017 Dear Colleagues: A few minutes ago, the Judge Silverstein denied Invenergy’s Motion to Dismiss CLF’s Declaratory Judgment action in Superior Court. This is a case pertaining to Invenergy, but separate from the proceeding in the Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB). You may recall that CLF’s Superior Court lawsuit asserts that the water contract between Invenergy and the Town of Johnston is illegal. I attach the Court’s (20 page) opinion. Interestingly, on pages 11 to 13, the court rejects CLF’s two principal arguments in favor of its standing: through its own members, and through Burrillville. However, in the Section beginning at the top of page 14 and running to the very top of page 16, the Court accepted CLF’s argument that it (the Court) should overlook the lack of standing to proceed to the merits of the case anyway. The language in this latter section tracks precisely the argument that CLF made in its brief and at oral argument; see, especially, page 15, lines 3 through 8, ending in footnote 6. As Judge Silverstein wrote: “Plaintiffs [CLF and Burrillville] have brought to this Court a question of substantial public interest that cries out for a declaratory judgment.” [Page 18.] Judge Silverstein was exactly correct. This is a huge victory for opponents of Invenergy – for at least two different reasons. First, the Superior Court case will now proceed on the merits. (Remember that what the Court ruled on today was a technical, procedural motion. Invenergy tried to get the entire case dismissed, arguing that CLF did not have “standing” to bring the case. Now that the Court has denied Invenergy’s Motion to Dismiss, the case will proceed to the actual merits – that is, CLF’s argument that the water contract between Johnston and Invenergy is illegal.) And, on the merits, CLF believes it has a strong argument. If CLF does prevail on the merits, Invenergy would be forced to find yet another water source, its fifth! This would involve inevitable delay. Second, however, having the Superior Court merely allow the case to go forward is a significant set-back for Invenergy, because of the timing. Invenergy has a binding legal obligation to ISO-NE to be up and running no later than June 1, 2020. It takes at least 2½ years to build a power plant. Thus, Invenergy needs to have shovels in the ground no later than January 2018. At present, the EFSB Final Hearing is scheduled to occur on 18 non-consecutive days between October 4 and Christmas 2017. If the pendency of the Superior Court case delays the start (and end) of the EFSB Final Hearing by even a relatively short period (say, six weeks), Invenergy could find it impossible to be on line by the June 1, 2020 deadline. That is, even the mere pendency of this lawsuit could be a serious obstacle to Invenergy. Today’s ruling by Judge Silverstein allows CLF’s Superior Court case to go forward. CLF’s lawsuit argues that the water contract between the Town of Johnston and Invenergy is illegal. Any way you look at it, today’s ruling is a victory for the environment, and a serious set-back for Invenergy. This e-mail is not confidential, and you may forward this if you wish. Jerry Jerry Elmer Senior Attorney Conservation Law Foundation
Edward Williams NO NEW POWER PLANT
Steve Linton Awesome news..
Joe Bevilacqua 👍👍👍
Cheryl Sabella Murphy Love this!!!!!!!
Kaylee Prete Matt Cabral
Mary Gauvin This is MASSIVE!! Thank you for the ALERT! To me, this finally gives me a small, tiny, ittty-bitty yet hugely significant piece of this process that I can actually trust! Within this process trust is not blindly given. We have seen for ourselves reason after reason to question the very process itself. Our ability to trust has been violated and taken from us. Today we get a small piece of that back, from the court system. To know that the court is working to do what is right by law is a tremendous relief. This company, their money, political leanings, none of that should play a role in interpreting the laws of the state. And today the court said as much.
Justin Hagerty Is this the end all? Or are there still other avenues that need to be blocked?
Patty Gallagher- Tatro Great news!
Barbara Williams McCrae Yes!
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulMonday, June 19th, 2017 at 3:11am

Happy Father's Day to all the amazing fathers out there.
You fill this world with strength and love.
A special Thank You to all the strong men and fathers who are fighting to protect our children's future.

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