For Immediate Release
With the recent passage of a resolution in the Town of Clinton, twenty municipalities in the Hudson Valley have now passed formal resolutions opposing the plan to build a new fracked gas power plant in Newburgh.
The Danskammer company’s $400 million plan involves building a new gas-fired power plant that would run year-round, adjacent to an existing plant in Newburgh. The new plant, located in a flood-prone area next to the Hudson River, would present serious dangers to local public health and air quality, in a community already dealing with air and water problems.
Since the company announced its expansion plans, a community-led campaign against the project has spread across the region, as residents in towns have pushed forward and passed strong resolutions against the power plant scheme.
New York’s new climate law (the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act) calls for rapid, substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions - goals which would be completely undermined by the construction of a major new source of pollution.
“Communities up and down the Hudson River Valley know that environmental justice and climate action require us to stop building new dirty power plants,” said Food & Water Action local leader Mark Sanchez-Potter. “Fracked gas is not clean energy, and that is what New York must be building right now. Governor Cuomo supports the new climate law, proudly banned fracking in New York, and has rejected new fracking pipelines. He must say no to Danskammer.”
“Communities throughout the Hudson Valley have spoken: We don’t need a new fracked-gas plant that will harm our health and set us back in the fight against climate change," says Scenic Hudson Environmental Outreach Organizer Nikki Chung. "Cities like Newburgh and Poughkeepsie, both of which have passed resolutions opposing the plant, already suffer from high rates of asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Danskammer’s owner admits the new plant would increase pollutants that contribute to these diseases by 25-fold, while also leading to a 40-fold rise in climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions, which runs counter to New York’s nation-leading climate goals. Simply put, the plant is bad for our communities, our state and our planet.”
"Community leaders and elected officials throughout the Hudson Valley are making tremendous progress in showing the state legislature that people are ready and excited to meet the goals of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA),” said Eric Wood, Hudson Valley Regional Coordinator for NYPIRG. “This is a good sign that the public at large is in opposition to the expansion of fossil fuel plants. Now we must work together with the energy industry and our elected leaders to quickly transition to an energy future that relies on energy efficiency, renewable energy and storage for the energy that renewables produce."
"It would be folly of the worst kind to go ahead with a project that not only do we know will add a considerable amount of pollution to our beautiful valley, but is entirely unnecessary for our electrical needs," said Amy Kletter of Ulster Activists (U-Act).
“It is urgent that we focus on climate solutions and move rapidly to a renewable energy economy with storage and efficiency, including providing a just transition for the workforce. Instead, this project would waste resources and exacerbate the climate crisis. It should not be permitted to proceed,” said Greg Williams, executive director of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.
“Hudson Valley communities oppose the Danskammer fracked gas power plant because they know that we can’t afford more local air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions,” said Shay O’Reilly, Sierra Club Senior Organizing Representative. “Governor Cuomo must follow through on the bold climate action mandated by the state last year and reject this power plant.”
“This plant, if built, will be obsolete and harmful upon construction. Orange RAPP opposes the plant to protect our local citizens,” said Sandra Kissam, chair of Orange Residents Against Pilgrim Pipelines and a resident of Newburgh.
The municipalities that have opposed the Danskammer expansion include: Hudson, Suffern, City of Newburgh, City of Beacon, City of Kingston, City of Peekskill, Village of New Paltz, Village of Cold Spring, Poughkeepsie, Mount Vernon, Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, Town of Marbletown, Town of Hurley, Town of Saugerties, Town of New Paltz, Town of Philipstown, Town of Rosendale, Town of Esopus and the Town of New Castle.