Announcement: The Proposed Power Plant has been denied!

On June 20th, 2019, the Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board issued their formal denial of the application for the Clear River Energy Center fracked-gas power plant proposed for the forest of Norther Rhode Island, based on the fact that the applicant, Invenergy, did not demonstrate a need for the facility.  This will be followed by a written opinion within 60 days and Invenergy then has 10 days to appeal the decision.  Invenergy may well appeal given their own records indicate that they have already spent $45 million on the application process.  However, experts such as Conversation Law Foundation have indicated that any appeal is unlikely to be successful because the EFSB has already reviewed the case for the last 4 years and the applicants would need to prove to the court that there was a good reason to overturn the decision based on a procedural or other issue.

Invenergy LLC, an out of state company, had proposed putting a second power plant , Clear River Energy Center, in Burrillville, Rhode Island! The massive 1000 Megawatt Power Plant fueled by fracked gas and diesel oil proposed for Burrillville would have resulted in the unnecessary industrialization of our rural region and neighborhoods. It would have destroyed 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 have also introduced 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 have also clogged up the small town of Burrillville and surrounding 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.

36 cities and towns in the surrounding area, every major environmental group, and a host of other organizations and leaders had all formally opposed the Clear River Energy Center power plant along with thousands and thousands of citizens.  You can continue to help us get the word out and educate people about the plant, the process, the impact, and the lack of need for this project and others like it. 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, September 27th, 2019 at 10:53pm

How scary for this community to be evacuated again. Hoping first responders and everyone stay safe. Rhode Island also has a lot of very old gas infrastructure. https://whdh.com/news/evacuations-underway-due-to-major-gas-leak-in-lawrence/

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Keep Rhode Island Beautiful shared a post.Saturday, September 21st, 2019 at 10:22am

Our youth are speaking, but are we listening? #fridaysforfuture #climatestrike

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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulSaturday, September 21st, 2019 at 12:08am

Today is the Global Climate Strike and Rhode Island is participating from 10-5 PM starting at Burnside Park and marching to the Statehouse to demand global action on climate change. Climate Change was one of the key issues in opposing the proposed power plant as...

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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulWednesday, August 21st, 2019 at 2:04am

Almost done! For those of you, like us, counting the 60 days and anxiously awaiting the written order from the EFSB denying Invenergy's application, we have been informed that the draft is complete and going through its final review but will not be completed this...

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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulWednesday, July 24th, 2019 at 1:40pm

According to correspondence with the Burrillville Conservation Commission, US Army Corps of Engineers has announced that Invenergy has requested to suspend their permit application until further notice based on the EFSB decision to deny approval for the power plant.

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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulFriday, July 12th, 2019 at 9:00am

Wrong! Stay vigilant and share our analysis below of this Op-Ed full of fear mongering from the RI gas plant and fossil fuel lobby regarding the power plant rejection. (Be sure to click "include original post") From the very start of this project, supporters of...

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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulTuesday, July 2nd, 2019 at 6:50am

Wow, the future is here! For years we’ve been saying that the proposed plant was NOT needed, partially due to the growth and increased price competition from renewables. Meanwhile, plant supporters told us constantly that renewables are too expensive and can’t be counted on.
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Keep Rhode Island BeautifulMonday, July 1st, 2019 at 4:39am

Communities and citizens supporting each other. Education and advocacy. This is how we win! Every person that held a sign, attended a hearing, wrote a letter, donated, testified, filled a seat, shared a social media story, attended a rally, shared the facts, spoke to their...

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