NY Advocates Continue Sustained Opposition to Danskammer Gas Plant, Flooding Public Hearings

Dozens of activists spoke out against the project at public hearings held to accommodate advocate requests for additional community input

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Climate and Energy

For Immediate Release

This week, the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment held a second set of public hearings on Danskammer LLC’s proposal to expand their fracked gas power plant in Newburgh.

The hearings are the second opportunity for public comment under the Article 10 process, following an earlier set of hearings in March 2021, which ran for more than nine hours and drove more than 10,000 comments in opposition to the project. The new hearings were scheduled in response to activist calls for additional hearings to accommodate the opposition.

In the wake of Hurricane Ida, the need to move off of climate-destroying fossil fuels is clearer than ever. If Danskammer’s expansion is approved, it will be the first power plant in the state to move forward under New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), and threatens to lock New York into a fossil fuel future. While Governor Hochul focuses clean energy commitments on New York City, activists are clear in the need to move the whole state off fossil fuels, including the Hudson Valley. 

Food & Water Watch Hudson Valley Organizer Emily Skydel issued the following statement:

“New York does not need newer, bigger fracked gas plants, and we certainly don’t want them. At every opportunity, New Yorkers have made our demands clear — it is time to shut down Danskammer. Governor Hochul must honor the repeated, sustained calls from her constituents and say no to Danskammer and fossil fuels in New York.”

Recordings of the public hearings are available on the Department of Public Service YouTube channel here.

Contact: Phoebe Galt, [email protected]