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.
Your friends at NAPP