Killingly Town Council Set To Vote On Proposed Power Plant’s Tax & CEBA Agreements

The Killingly Town Council is holding a Special Meeting on Thursday November 30th at 7 pm.  The only business on the agenda is consideration and action on a resolution approving and authorizing the execution of the Tax Stabilization Agreement (TSA) and the Community Environment Benefits Agreement (CEBA)  that have been negotiated between NTE and Killingly.  This means that the Town Council is set to vote on whether to approve or deny the contracts as they are currently written.  This may be your last opportunity to express you opinions and any concerns you have about these agreements before they get voted on.  We thank all the residents that continue to come to town meetings to voice their concerns and opinions, this is necessary for a true democracy to flourish.  We continue to encourage everyone to attend town meetings,  speak out and let your voice be heard.

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ELECTION DAY 2017

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Local elections typically don’t draw the media coverage or the voter turn-out that State and Federal elections do but they should.  The candidates who are elected to represent you at the local level can have a greater direct impact on you than those who represent you at the State and Federal level.  With that being said we encourage everyone not just here in Killingly but in every town that is voting for their local officials to get out and vote.  We also ask that you consider each candidates’ positions on issue that matter the most to you when selecting who you want to represent you.  At a local level which party the candidates affiliate with shouldn’t matter since party politics have no place when deciding what is best for YOUR  town.  Let your voice be heard not only today at the polls but keep in contact with ALL the candidates who win to let them know where you stand on issues and how you feel they are performing their duties as a representative of you.  Remember their job is to represent US.

MAY 11, 2017 SIGNALS VICTORY

Thursday May 11th marked a great victory not just for current residents of Killingly and surrounding areas but also for future generations. The Connecticut Siting Council (CSC) unanimously voted to deny the application submitted by NTE for a ‘fracked gas / diesel’ power plant. The CSC Draft Opinion clearly shows that NTE failed to establish a need for the facility and it also states that the CSC could not find public benefit from the proposed facility.  Since no need or benefit was established, the CSC did not need to evaluate the negative impacts this facility would have on public health and safety or the environment to reach a decision. It is great to see that the CSC has taken the protection of the welfare of Connecticut’s resident and environment very seriously.  (We would like to note that while NTE may appeal this decision we believe overturning this unanimous vote to deny the application would be difficult if not impossible.)

During the application process NotAnotherPowerPlant (NAPP), Sierra Club, Connecticut Fund for the Environment (CFE) and the Wyndham Land Trust all maintained that this facility is not needed. We stated that the construction of this facility would lock us into the burning of fossil fuels for many years when we need to concentrate on energy conservation, the developing and dispatching of improved renewable energy sources and power storage. Also, the building of facilities like this will make it increasingly difficult for Connecticut to reach the pollution reduction goals that have been established.

We want to thank each and every person who has supported us throughout this process. There have been so many people who have helped us in many different aspects and saying thank you just doesn’t come close to expressing how grateful we are for you and your support. Without your support we would have never been able to achieve our goals.

We want to extend our appreciation to the Sierra Club, the Connecticut Fund for the Environment and the Wyndham Land Trust for standing side by side with us and helping us present such strong arguments to the Connecticut Siting Council. Additionally, we want to express our gratitude to Attorney John Bashaw and his staff at Reid and Riege, and also to Robert Fagan from Synapse Energy Economics. Their professionalism and expertise was instrumental in presenting our arguments to the Siting Council.
We are thankful for all the time and ‘energy’ that the Connecticut Siting Council members invested in the application process. We would also like to express our gratitude to the members of the Killingly Inland Wetlands & Watercourses and the Planning & Zoning Commissions for the extensive amount of time that they have sacrificed throughout this application process. We also appreciate the time devoted by the Killingly Town Council in dealing with this proposed project. However, members of NAPP were greatly disappointed that the Killingly Town Manager Sean Hendricks refused to allow the Town to negotiate a property value guarantee agreement for the residents around the proposed site equal to the one negotiated between the Town of Burrillville and Invenergy who has proposed another power plant only 10 miles away.
I personally would like to express my deepest gratitude to all those who have supported us.

I want to extend my appreciation to the Sierra Club, the Connecticut Fund for the Environment and the Wyndham Land Trust for standing side by side with us and helping us present such a strong argument to the Siting Council.  I hope that all of our supporters as well as the supporters of the Sierra Club, the Connecticut Fund for the Environment and the Wyndham Land Trust realize that they helped make this victory possible.

THANK YOU!
Your friends at NAPP

AIR PERMIT HEARING

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will be conducting a hearing on April 19th @ 6 pm at the Killingly High School.  It will be a public hearing for applicant NTE Connecticut and DEEP staff to present information on application for new source review (air) permit and public to comment on application for the record.   This may be your last chance to voice your opinions about this project to DEEP.  Come join us and let your voice be heard.

DEEP Air Permit Hearing

WINTER UPDATES

With all this snow on the ground it appears that winter finally arrived here in the Quiet Corner.  The beginning of this year has been very busy for us.  In January there were two more hearings held before the Connecticut Siting Council.   The Council heard testimony from experts,  as well as Sean Hendricks (Killingly’s Town Manager) and NTE.  On January 12th the Siting Council requested NTE’s consent for an extension of the decision deadline to May 15th.  NTE however only agreed to an extension until April 15th.  On January 27th we were saddened to hear about the passing of Philip T. Ashton who was a Siting Council member.  I personally was very impressed with the knowledge and intelligence he exhibited while on the property site walk as well as during the hearings held by the Siting Council.  We extend our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

NTE has proposed multiple agreements to the Town of Killingly which would need the Town Council’s approval.  The Norwich Bulletin released an article that briefly describes these agreements.  The article discussed a Community Environmental Benefits Agreement and a Tax Agreement.  The Bulletin also indicated that NTE stated they will provide property value protection to about 20 homeowners.  Looking at the limited information available to the public on NTE’s proposed tax agreement, the community environmental agreement and the proposed property value protection it appears that NTE maybe trying to short change Killingly and its residents.  When comparing NTE’s agreements with similar agreements reached between Invenergy and the Town of Burrillville, Rhode Island as well as other recent agreements it seems like Killingly and its residents are not receiving equal treatment.  These agreements were scheduled to be discussed by the Killingly Town Council on two separate occasions however both meetings were cancelled and no new date has been scheduled.  Also final drafts of these proposed agreements have not yet been made available to the public.  How can the public evaluate the agreements, form opinions and make educated statements before the Town Council if we are not provided with the finalized copies of these agreements with adequate time for review before the Council holds a meeting to discuss them?  If these documents are made public we will either post the documents on here or supply information on where / how to access them.  Also once we are aware of when this meeting is rescheduled we will post notice of it on here.

COMING SOON:   THE FORWARD CAPACITY AUCTION AND WHAT IT MEANS; COMPARING NTE’S PROPOSED AGREEMENTS TO OTHER RECENT AGREEMENTS; THE DANGERS OF NOT HAVING A COMPREHENSIVE DECOMMISSIONING AGREEMENT IN PLACE.

Please drive safe and stay warm, Spring will be hear soon.

Thank you again for your support,

Your friends at N.A.P.P.

UPDATES

We would like to start by thanking each and every one of you who has supported us in this fight.  For those who are just joining us we stated this fight nearly a year ago.  We have been working to keep local residents and others informed about this proposed power plant and it’s associated risks.   Throughout this process we have made many new friends and allies.  We have many local residents, business owners and local politicians who have been supporting us in our fight to prevent the destruction of pristine forest for the construction of a power plant by a company who has yet to complete a power plant.  Also, we have gained the support of other organizations including Wyndham Land Trust,  Pomfret Rod and Gun Club, Concerned Citizens for a Safe Northeastern Connecticut, Connecticut Fund for the Environment and the Sierra Club.  

We spent much of last spring, summer and into the autumn attending meetings, staging rallies, circulating petitions.  We have people behind the scenes who have been conducting research into this proposed power plant and the risks it would bring They were also analyzing the extensive volumes of data that has been filed with the application for this proposed power plant.  The research and analysis have also continued through this winter.

The Connecticut Siting Council has been conducting hearings in New Britain regards to this proposed project.  “The Council is responsible for balancing the need for adequate and reliable public utility services at the lowest reasonable cost to consumers with the need to protect the environment and ecology of the state.”  NAPP , Connecticut Fund for the Environment, Wyndham Land Trust and the Sierra Club have been participating in the hearings held by the Siting Council as well as the Town of Killingly.  NAPP and the Sierra Club have hired Synapse Energy Economics to analyze the need or lack of need that exists for this power plant and present their finding to the Siting Council.  Our attorney as well as the attorneys representing the Sierra Club and the Connecticut Fund for the environment have been working diligently and have been doing an excellent job.  The Town of Killingly has been represented at all of the hearings as well.

We will continue to fight this in order to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink not just for us but for future generations.  We do ask for your support in this fight.  Donations can be made through Paypal or  Gofundme.com.  Thank you again for all of your support.      NAPP

UPCOMING MEETING

Attention all residents from Northeastern Connecticut, Northwestern Rhode Island and Southern Central Massachusetts

There is a meeting planned for Tuesday September 27th @ 7:30 p.m.  This meeting will be held at the Killingly Town Hall located at 172 Main Street, Killingly, CT.  We want to show that many of the local and regional residents and business owners want to protect the air we breathe and our water supply which is becoming a more precious resource every day for not just ourselves but for future generations, so please come attend with us and speak out.

The meeting will be a special Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Commission meeting that will include time set for public participation, and discussion with the consultant hired by Killingly to review information regarding the proposed power plant.  This is your opportunity to express concerns you have about this proposed project.  We do ask that everyone tries to bring comments and questions that are relevant to what the Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Commission has jurisdiction over.  We will be present to express some of the many concerns we have.  We encourage you to become involved with your fellow community members, join us, speak out and stand up for yourselves and also for our community.  We cannot just allow companies to smother us with their pollution so they can make a profit while we suffer from the many negative impacts that this project can cause.  PLEASE JOIN US. STAND UP, SPEAK OUT & BE HEARD!  We look forward to seeing you at this meeting!

We would also like to thank those who are standing with us and helping to support this movement to protect not just our community but all of the surrounding communities that would be impacted by this power plant as well. This is a regional problem not just a Killingly problem.  We encourage those who have not yet joined with us to become involved. We need your help and support to stop this project from being able to negatively impact every member of our community and those around us.

 

Thank You,

NAPP

UPCOMING MEETING

Attention all residents from Northeastern Connecticut, Northwestern Rhode Island and Southern Central Massachusetts

There is a meeting planned for Thursday September 8th @ 7:00 p.m.  This meeting will be held at Killingly High School (KHS) in the auditorium which is located at 226 Putnam Pike, Killingly.  We are looking to fill the auditorium to show that many of the local and regional residents and business owners want to protect the air we breathe and our water supply which is becoming a more precious resource every day for not just ourselves but for future generations.

The meeting will be a special Planning & Zoning Commission meeting that will include time set for public participation, a presentation from the consultant hired by Killingly to review information regarding the proposed power plant.  This is your opportunity to express concerns you have about this proposed project.  We do ask that everyone tries to bring comments and questions that are relevant to what the Planning & Zoning Commission has jurisdiction over (noise, land use, traffic, etc…) We will be present to express some of the many concerns we have.  We encourage you to become involved with your fellow community members, join us, speak out and stand up for yourselves and also for our community.  We cannot just allow companies to smother us with their pollution so they can make a profit while we suffer from the many negative impacts that this project can cause.  PLEASE JOIN US. STAND UP, SPEAK OUT & BE HEARD!  We look forward to seeing you at this meeting!

We would also like to thank those who are standing with us and helping to support this movement to protect not just our community but all of the surrounding communities that would be impacted by this power plant as well. This is a regional problem not just a Killingly problem.  We encourage those who have not yet joined with us to become involved. We need your help and support to stop this project from being able to negatively impact every member of our community and those around us.

Thank You,  NAPP

APPLICATION TO THE CT SITING COUNCIL

For those who are unaware, NTE submitted their application for the Killingly Energy Center to the Connecticut Siting Council on August 17th.  We need to make the Siting Council aware of how many people don’t want this project approved and what the many reasons are that this project shouldn’t receive approval. Information on the application and the process that will be followed to deny or approve this project can be found here:

Citizens Guide to Siting Council Procedures

CSC Energy Proceedings Guidelines

Connecticut Siting Council Pending Matters  – see Docket NO. 470

Please write to the Connecticut Siting Council to ask them to deny approval to this application.  Thank you for your continued support in fighting this project.

NAPP

LOCAL SUPPORT

We would like to thank all the residents and town officials from Killingly and the surrounding towns who have joined our fight and spoken out against the proposed power plant project.  We also like to thank State Senator Mae Flexer along with State Representatives Daniel Rovero and Christine Randall for their involvement in this process and also for encouraging everyone who would be affected by this proposed power plant to speak out and have their voices heard.  Also a special thank you is extended to the Thomson Board of Selectmen and also the Pomfret Conservation Commission for their opposition to this proposal.  As residents of Northeastern Connecticut we need to band together to protect our communities, our health, our environment and especially our valuable resources.

There are two things we are asking for everyone who is opposed to the plant to do.

First, Windham County has the highest Child Asthma rate in Connecticut (it is over 2 times the national average) and Windham County also has had the highest Lung Cancer rate among women over the past five years in Connecticut.  We need you to email the Environmental Justice Program at CTDEEP asking them to find the causes of these two health crises and find solutions to reduce this rates before even considering to approve the proposed Killingly Energy Center or any other pollution generating facility which could only make our health problems worse.  You can use the following link to send the email:  mailto:edith.pestana@ct.gov  or  copy and paste the following email address:  edith.pestana@ct.gov  or you can mail the letter to the following address:  
Edith Pestana, MPH
Administrator
Environmental Justice Program
Office of Commissioner
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127

We have a pre-written letter that you can use here:  https://notanotherpowerplant.com/letter-to-environmental-justice/

Second, if you haven’t already, we would like you to sign the online petition started by State Senator Mae Flexer along with State Representatives Daniel Rovero and Christine Randall found here:  http://senatedems.ct.gov/NTEEnergy.php