Mamaroneck, NY -- At last night’s meeting, the Town Board of Mamaroneck unanimously voted in favor of a resolution opposing the massive expansion of the Danskammer fracked gas power plant in Newburgh.
In doing so, the town has become the 24th municipality in New York to oppose the project, and the sixth in Westchester County. In their discussion, town board members cited multiple reasons to oppose this project, in particular the fact that it supported out of state fracking.
Tiger Infrastructure, the Wall Street private equity firm that owns Danskammer, is proposing a massive expansion of a fracked gas plant which sits along the Hudson River in Newburgh. The proposal to run the plant year-round would add toxic emissions to air in the surrounding communities, and worsen the effects of climate change.
“If we want a shot at dealing with this crisis, we must immediately put a stop to all new fossil fuel infrastructure. There is no more time left. I’m excited to see the Town of Mamaroneck has taken one of many steps in ensuring that New York moves beyond dirty power plants and into a clean livable future,” says Mamaroneck High School activist and Sunrise Westchester Hub Co-Coordinator Caitlyn Carpenter. “We must continue to hold Governor Cuomo accountable for the wellbeing of my generation and all future generations to come”
“At this point, anyone serious about fighting climate change views opposing fossil fuel infrastructure as a no-brainer. It’s great to see Mamaroneck is firmly against a proposal that props up the fracking industry and goes against our state’s climate goals.” says Food & Water Action organizer Santosh Nandabalan. “Governor Cuomo simply cannot allow Danskammer to be approved, and activists will keep fighting to make sure he does not.”
Following the wave of municipal resolutions opposing the Danskammer expansion, a letter signed by 150 lawmakers to Governor Cuomo urged him to reject the project. And this week, for the fourth time in the past nine months, state regulatory agencies have found serious deficiencies with Danskammer’s permit applications.
As it stands, the company’s proposal is inconsistent with New York’s climate law, and would have profoundly negative impacts on our air quality, posing a threat to our public health.