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 BeautifulMonday, October 16th, 2017 at 12:47am

Sunday Feature: Read & share this important ecoRI environmental news piece which warns that based on a systematic ignoring of both critical facts as well as years of reports and guidelines as to why THIS specific forested area of the proposed plant is so important,...

Lynn Clark This is very important information on just how valuable the ecosystem in the area of the proposed power plant is! It is scary to think they could get away with destroying this area!
Mary Gauvin The only "plants" the state should be supporting for this high priority conservation area are the ones that are growing there now!
Alicia Ann Kelley This article goes in depth into so many details that have been largely ignored. The environmental destruction of this proposal is catastrophic and unrepairable. 16,000 acres--simply gone. Poof. Not replaceable. Enser says it best in this quote--“People don’t pay attention to how their land is used. The public needs to know they are getting screwed here.”
Edward Williams Hell no we don't want it or need it go AWAY
Bill Eccleston One criticism of the ecori report; it uses the term "land swaps" but that is not accurate. A "swap" is a trade, and a trade is an exchange of goods at equal value. But a trade is not what Invenergy or anyone else proposes in a "mitigation" offer. Mitigations like this are not equal value trades, but something, in the Invenergy case, potentially much more sinister. The ecori story left out these facts: Under the 1937 Pittman-Robertson Act, Federal taxes collected on firearms and ammunition sales (guns & ammo classified as "sporting,") are collected in a fund administered by the US Fish & Wildlife Service and exclusively dedicated to the purchase of "wildlife management" land and/or other activities supporting the restoration or management of game---and more recently---non-game species. A state application for Pittman-Robertson funding to buy a given tract of land puts up 25% of the purchase cost. If approved, Pittman-Robertson picks up the remaining 75%. If Invenergy, for example, were to contribute $1 million to DEM for a purchase, Pittman-Robertson would add $3 million. That is a tempting, tempting pot of money for DEM. Many DEM conservation purchases are done in partnership with private conservation entities. Pooling their money, they get a bigger bang from Pittman-Robertson. So you could imagine some folks at DEM harboring some ambivalence over the question of the power plant's approval with Invenergy's mitigation plan on the table. There is always someone who feels justified in the position that one should "Take the money and run," and in many cases that could be rational. The fly in the ointment here, though, is the unique value of the power site as evidenced by the ESS Group Biological Inventory report. The power plant site, in other words, is no ordinary forested tract; it is, instead, a tract of unusual biological diversity, the habitat of a rich suite of threatened deep-forest species---Forty-seven species of mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and plants, identified in the ESS Group study, are designated by DEM's 2015 Wildlife Action Plan as "Species of Greatest Conservation Need." Clear cutting 143 acres of this habitat, as Invenergy and National Grid plan to do, would destroy it, and amputate it from the greater ecological system---25 square miles of already protected forest---causing irreparable damage. In short, neither Invenergy, DEM, nor anyone else can "compensate" for the loss of the Invenergy site. It is too unique, too valuable. The only ethical thing for DEM to do is advocate loudly for the denial of Invenergy's application. Same with our private conservation organizations.
Wayne Sloman So Invenergy wipes out the protected wetlands at the site, buys some already protected wetlands somewhere else in the state and donates them to the DEM, Audubon, or The Nature Conservancy. So that allows Invenergy to wipe out the wetlands at the site, even though the state will now lose those protected wetlands! Incredible!
Bill Eccleston This is about much more than the wetlands. Read the mitigation plan in the ESS Report. The mitigation plan is outlined at the end of the Conclusion. The Conclusion begins on page 69. Note how it refers to wetlands as "jurisdictional." It means that DEM, by law, has jurisdiction over all activities concerning wetlands, and the law says you can't destroy them. But, if a building project must destroy some wetland, the law allows a developer to buy or create compensating wetland. The bigger issue with the power plant is forest fragmentation and the destruction of the non-wetland habitat of the species found on the site. But DEM has no "jurisdictional" authority over that issue, no guiding law. But Invenergy recognizes how bad it looks, how prejudicial it is in the public arena that they are clear cutting and fragmenting and destroying the entire connected habitat right next door to a public wildlife management area. Mere wetland compensation, which the law obligates them to do, is not enough. They feel that have to put up the money for DEM to buy an forested tract somewhere else to compensate for the loss of the Invenergy tract. That might be seductive idea if the Invenergy site were just an ordinary tract of forest, and not a habitat of unusual diversity harboring 47 "Species of Greatest Conservation Need," and a habitat of unusual diversity that is integral to the larger ecosystem protected by the six state forests in RI, CT and Ma that are contiguous with it. A simple analogy: If you total somebody's custom built, one-of-a-kind, 1928 Rolls Royce by rear-ending it at a stop light, you can't compensate the guy's loss by buying him a brand new one. You have destroyed something irreplaceable.
Bill Sullivan Thumbs down.
Brian Ezovski y can't u leave what's left of a beautiful rich area alone I go on wallum lake and sit see all the beautiful birds especially the blue herring don't do it
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulSaturday, October 14th, 2017 at 4:24am

Attention Rhode Islanders! This week the company behind the proposed power plant called the resolutions of 32 cities and towns in our state against the plant, "irrelevant." Oddly enough, in doing so they reminded the EFSB, and anyone else paying attention, of the fact that...

Lauren Therese So sad that the Invenergy incentive money was accepted at first. This could all have been avoided.
Jan Goodland-Metz They will pump out all of our ground water, 700,000 gallons a day and put back polluted water. Wake up govenor R.
Mike Lamoureux By considering this irrelevant and as such asking it to be considered public comment are they implying that all public comment is irrelevant?
Brian Falcone Didn't they also give a campaign contribution to our governor ?
Karen Saucier How about Inenergy offering the project to Woonsocket. There is plenty of room and they need the money. Get it out of the western RI forest matrix.
Paul Pignolet What people think is irrelevant.They don’t care. This is a done deal .Someone got payed.Public meeting just a formality to pacify people
Kathleen Lariviere We don't want it...what's so hard to understand! Put it in Gina's back yard.
David Robitaille To the people commenting on this, this company is being financed by goldman sachs, remember when the governor shut down the day care at CCRI to give the office space to goldman sachs, connect the dots and wake up. The state can grant the power plant a licence despite any opposition to it. The governor has sold us all down the river
Robert Zbyszewski The power plant belongs in the Quonset Industrial Park. It has everything they need.
Robert DiNobile It’s amazing! The proposed power plant borders a state park. What are politicians thinking? $$$$$$$
Rikki McCormick Burn trash. You can scrub the emissions!!!!!
Donna J Hawkins Walsh Unelected boards public private partnerships are destroying our representative republic.
Kevin McCarthy I know its an older movie..but anyone who has NOT watched gasland...please check it out..Netflix still has it (i believe)
Eric Hubert Fact of the matter the plant will happen no matter what!
Paul Raymond And it won't bring RI jobs. All out of state workers.
Jim Bergeron It's not a done deal myself and others have been fighting this for a year and a half have faith please at the last meeting even union workers were opposed to it and btw Gina is in Chicago at a conference with them fire her
Susan O'Keefe This fight has gone on too long. The people have spoken. Scrap this horrendous idea once & for all!!
Andrea Entwistle Tokuhira The reason he was able to say that we are irelevant is because all he needs is more water everything else for the plante is a go
Holly Thompson Bellucci CRAZY to me that Smithfield won't sign a resolution! its infuriating!!! Suzy Alba
Mark Entwistle Mo-Power
Christopher Maynard One more in the books for Gina
Shannon Tierney So by saying the opinions of the cities and towns, of the residents of this state and surrounding communities are irrelvant, aren't they saying the opinions of the board members(should they do the right thing and reject the proposal) are irrelevant as well? To them, anyone against their plans is irrelevant.
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulFriday, October 13th, 2017 at 8:08am

More coverage of the final EFSB public hearing. The people of Burrillville along with their state and region wide allies came with facts to show that the proposed power plant is not needed and would cause harm to the environment, wildlife and climate.

Mary Gauvin Wow, excellent coverage! You can watch each and every speaker from Tuesday evening! 72 spoke in opposition and only 3 spoke in favor of this terrible proposal. On Tuesday as I attended, I watched the three members of the EFSB, they were very attentive and seemed to really be listening to each speaker that stood to address them. The message of the night was clear, this power play is not needed and would cause unacceptable harm to the environment if permitted. I am so proud of Burrillville and her statewide and region-wide allies. You could feel in that room that people are really looking at all of the facts, reports, information, really paying attention to what is going on with this proposal and process. This in itself is an incredibly valuable resource, citizens that are paying attention and are actively involved in their state!
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulThursday, October 12th, 2017 at 10:07am

Breaking News! Today the town of Charlestown filed a motion with the EFSB for both a Public Hearing in Charlestown due to material impact to their water supply from the Invenergy/NIT water contract which makes them an "affected community" as well as a request to...

Tom Kimberley shouldn't there have been a public meeting in johnston regarding the sale of water? oh thats right the mayor packed it with town employees and union laborers so the residents weren't allowed to voice opinions.....keep up the good work our children are depending on you because our politicians have let us down AGAIN
Betty Lee Shalou shared
David Newton Way to go CLF and town of Charlestown. Keep them on the ropes and keep attacking!
Laura Joubert Young This is outstanding! I will be there in support if there is a public meeting in Charlestown.
Gerry Gervais Keep the Union thugs hired by Invenergy out of this meeting
James Kane Shut Down Invenergy For Good.
Karen Jalette Lachance As a resident in Northern RI, I know the water usage for the present energy facility is far more in their "times of need" than anyone can imagine. In the past, the tankers pass by morning till evening, 7 days a week for 2-3 weeks straight!..No lie! How much water would that be?..plenty more than they want one to think. Oh, BTW...there have been zero this past Summer... they probably don't want anyone seeing, or proving how bad it can be. I've seen plenty in past years.😉
IA Peloquin I've been pro-Union all my life, but those building trade guys who've been packing meetings are being short sighted about their own childrens' futures. Demand clean energy projects. Build something you can be proud of instead of a life killing fossil fuel plant at the end of the fossil fuel era in a town that doesn't want it in a state that doesn't need it.
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulThursday, October 12th, 2017 at 5:01am

Amazing recap of last nights EFSB hearing and the expert facts and analysis presented those that spoke against the proposed plant last night by ecoRI environmental news. Experts, Leaders, and citizens from ALL OVER THE STATE, including former governor Lincoln Chafee, presented testimony against the...

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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulThursday, October 12th, 2017 at 4:59am

Amazing recap of last nights EFSB hearing and the expert facts and analysis presented those that spoke against the proposed plant last night by ecoRI environmental news. Experts, Leaders, and citizens from ALL OVER THE STATE, including former governor Lincoln Chafee, presented testimony against the...

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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulThursday, October 12th, 2017 at 1:32am

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The "drumbeat of opposition to the proposed plant" and the statement from Save The Bay - Narragansett Bay urging "denial of the plant" based on "unacceptable harm to Rhode Island's environment" are front page news today. Share to spread...

Mary Gauvin The major environmental groups all oppose the siting of this proposed power plant because they understand the value of this high priority conservation area of contiguous forest and wetlands. They understand the value of our natural resources that their missions all focus on protecting. They understand that this would cause unacceptable harm to our environment. And so they oppose a fossil fuel project that is not needed that comes with a great price to our environment and natural resources.
Pam Mcwilliams they could put it ANYWHERE besides there even tho its not needed../
Paula Vitiello It just amazes me the only people that want this Power plant are the only people that will gain financially😡 greed is the root of all evil ..our governor should be ashamed of herself .
Edward Williams Don't need it or want it
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulWednesday, October 11th, 2017 at 3:20pm

Front page media coverage of the epic night in Burrillville and the 32 Rhode Island communities opposed to the proposed power plant. 600 people packed the final EFSB hearing for public comment. Speakers overwhelmingly opposed the project based on facts that included a lack of...

Gary Lapierre Dose really matter how loud we get. It is going to go by our elected officials that the people voted Into office. They were elected by the people with the trust that they will do for the people. But those officials think they own it. It's not the way it's supposed to work. Elected by the people for the people.
Alexander Papadogiannis Jeffrey Hauser
Kerry Schobel Lmt I so wanted to be there I had to work 😔
Lauren Therese Too bad the town council accepted the incentive money from Invenergy in the first place and listened to the much smaller group of residents pleading for them not to go ahead and build the power plant. This could have all been avoided. Pascoag is beautiful. I hope this never comes about 😥
Elaine Hinton And how about our absent Gov? Lol. She is behind this.
Paula Vitiello It is amazing how the only people that wanted the power plant are the only ones that will profit from it 😡 and after Mr Union man from The town of Johnston spoke . All those union man in the audience got up and left . And Mr union man was so proud To live in Johnston with The landfill in his backyard . Good for you that is your choice . But us Burrillville Family chose this town because it’s beautiful up here
Jennifer Johnson Nottage Keep fighting it!!! From things I have seen and read, it will also have negative impact on Northeastern CT (where I now live) as well!😡
Gerry Gervais Please know that although our elected officials in Woonsocket did not come out against the power plant, they did vote against furnishing water for it. And many, many people here are against this power plant.
Meg Carroll Paul R is running for governor. Just sayin'.
Mary Gauvin Last night was a night fueled by much more than emotion. It is abundantly clear that the residents of our state are knowledgeable and are watching this process incredibly carefully. Information is not being overlooked as it is being submitted and collected. Our citizens are reading, are watching, seeing this process, truly seeing it. If this process is fair, if it is trustworthy, if it is right and just then the glaring problematic issues will NOT be overlooked because of money, jobs, backroom deals, corruption. My children, are watching me fight, learning from my actions, from my words. They are also learning a lesson from our state, from our representatives, from our government. This is a lesson that I have absolute no control over. They will learn from our state one of two options. They could learn that money and corruption can destroy the environment for profit, that the state can blatantly ignore the affects that this will have on the climate, which hands their generation a mess to have to deal with, that deals made in the dark can have more power than an entire community. Or, they can learn that our natural resources, the health of our residents, our air, our water, our forests, our wildlife have value beyond the value of the fossil fuel industry's wealth and influence. That Rhode Island is a climate leader. That facts and logic matter. That a community that overwhelmingly says NO has some rights to their own municipality! I know that I am teaching my children what is right on this. I hope that the state that we live does not let them down, does not teach them that corruption and money matter most.
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