Argues Cricket Valley ‘needs to be revisited’
To the Editor:
New York recently announced it will sue the Environmental Protection Agency if it doesn’t protect New Yorkers from smog blowing in from upwind states. The irony is that Governor Cuomo continues to expand New York’s gas infrastructure, increasing our state’s contribution to global warming.
By 2020, Dutchess County will have its own power plant in Dover, the Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVE), and it will be powered by fracked gas piped from Pennsylvania.
The DEC’s approval of CVE needs to be revisited.
CVE was approved in 2012 before the Paris Accord and before Cuomo banned fracking in New York.
Five years of research has shown fracking operations pollute air, soil and water, and that chemical pollution is linked to cancer and a host of diseases. More than 770 schoolchildren are within 3/4 mile of the plant, and another 600-plus children are in schools between 2 and 4 1/2 miles away.
CVE will burn about 175 million cubic feet of gas daily, spewing a potent mix of toxic chemicals into the air, and over three million tons of carbon dioxide from burnt fuel annually. Leakage of methane will add over six million tons of carbon-dioxide-equivalent gas contributing to climate change.
By itself, Cricket Valley will add over 15 percent to state emissions from the power sector. Perhaps Connecticut will sue New York?
We know better. Shouldn’t we be doing better? Shouldn’t we be building more wind and solar power, sooner rather than later?