For Immediate Release
ALBANY, NY - Over 50 climate activists and local elected officials delivered local resolutions from communities in the Hudson Valley, calling on Governor Cuomo to oppose a massive expansion of a fracked gas power plant in Newburgh.
The 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 public health and the environment.
The new facility would be a major new source of air pollution, and its existence would be squarely at odds with the goals set forth in the new climate law championed by Governor Cuomo.
"Danskammer is in clear violation of the recently passed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) as set forth by state law. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) pointed this out in Danskammer’s final stipulations that were filed on December 6. We are asking the Governor to recognize this and to prioritize New York’s critical climate goals and protecting public health by using his authority to deny the proposal of the Danskammer power plant," said Jana Bergere of NYPIRG.
Since the company announced its expansion plans, a community-led campaign against the project has spread across the region. Over six months, thanks to this people-powered campaign across the Hudson Valley, 13 towns and cities have passed strong resolutions against Danskammer’s proposal.
“Communities up and down the Hudson River Valley have stood up to say no to this proposal” said Newburgh resident and Food & Water Action organizer Mark Sanchez-Potter. “Dirty fossil fuel infrastructure flies directly in the face of the climate goals that Governor Cuomo signed into law this summer. The governor has the authority to stop this plant - and we will make sure that he does.“
“The city of Newburgh has already gone through a water crisis. We don’t need our city to be a dumping ground for a polluting fossil fuel industry which is putting their profits over our community,” said Orange County Legislator Kevindaryan Lujan. “Our city has already come out against this project and it’s time New York state does the same and enforces its climate law.”
"As a Beacon City Councilmember, we passed a resolution opposing Danskammer's plans because we don't need to lock the beautiful Hudson Valley into yet a third fossil fuel burning plant that will operate past many of our lifetimes. NYISO states time and again it is not needed. I believe that focusing our efforts on the renewable energy future is a far better use of our time and money and the only way to forge a path forward into a sustainable climate,” said Beacon City Councilmember Amber Grant.
“Scenic Hudson joins our partners and Hudson Valley neighbors in opposing Danskammer’s plans for a new gas-fired power plant,” said Hayley Carlock, Scenic Hudson Director of Environmental Advocacy. “We urge continued investment in renewable and energy storage technologies that are safe, sustainable and will help New York State meet its nation-leading climate goals, which include eliminating all fossil-fuel based electricity generation by 2040. The Hudson Valley’s environmental legacy began with the landmark defeat of a power plant proposed for Storm King Mountain. What a terrible irony it would be if the last fossil-fuel power plant built in the state ends up just a few miles upriver.”
As of December 11, the municipalities against Danskammer include: City of Newburgh, City of Beacon, City of Kingston, City of Peekskill, Village of New Paltz, Village of Cold Spring, Town of Saugerties, Town of New Paltz, Town of Philipstown, Town of Rosendale, Town of Esopus and the Town of New Castle.