Fracked Gas coming to Northwestern Rhode Island – Learn the Facts

 17776404ELearn the Facts – Public Forums on the fracked gas-fired power plant in northwestern Rhode Island

If built, the proposed fracked gas-fired power plant in northwestern Rhode Island will be the largest fracked gas-fired power plant in New England impacting over 67 acres for the power plant and another 200 acres of forested land and wetlands for the transmission lines, waste water, gas and cooling water pipelines in Northwestern Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and other conservation organizations have referred to the site of the proposed power plant as “too good to lose”. Yet, both the Governor of Rhode Island and the director of RIDEM support building the power plant.

Every day of operation, nearly 3.2 million tons of CO2 and other greenhouse gases from the proposed power plant will be released into the atmosphere covering a thirty-one mile radius impacting most of Rhode Island and releasing greater than normal EPA emissions levels to the towns of Burrillville, Glocester, Smithfield and North Smithfield as well as Douglas, Webster and Uxbridge, MA and Putnam and Thompson, CT. The greenhouse gas emissions from this one power plant, according to J. Timmons Roberts – Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at Brown University will, in his words, “…make it impossible for Rhode Island to meet the carbon-emission reduction targets” of the Resilient Rhode Island Act.

The Burrillville Land Trust along with the Rhode Island Association of Conservation Commissions is holding interactive public forums addressing the many issues regarding the proposed power plant in the northwest corner of Rhode Island.

The power plant comes at a time when New England and the US (through the Paris Climate Change Conference) is moving away from fossil fuels and towards renewable resources and energy efficiency. This power plant will lock Rhode Island into an antiquated fossil fuel economy for the next 50 years.

The power plant became a statewide issue owing to the support of Gina Raimondo, Governor of Rhode Island. While the proposed power plant would be built in northwest Rhode Island, the impact will be region wide. “The concept that the opposition to this power plant is one of ‘not in my backyard’ faded away long ago as the Resilient Rhode Island Act became law for the entire state,” so says Paul Roselli, president of the Burrillville Land Trust. “The Paris Climate Change Conference elevated the RI Act from a state level to a regional and global issue. Increased greenhouse gas emissions know no boundary,” Roselli said.

To date, the land trust and the conservation commission association has conducted six public forums since March, 2016. This pubic forum gives attendees an opportunity to learn some of the facts about the proposed power plant. While both organizations are interested in land preservation and increasing the health and protection of all species, the public forums provide factual information so the audience can decide for themselves what is best for their town and for their state.

Here is the schedule for the presentations:  August 2, 2016 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm – First Universalist Church of Burrillville, Harrisville Main Street, Harrisville, RI; August 18, 2016 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm – First Universalist Church of Burrillville; September 8, 2016 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm – First Universalist Church of Burrillville;and,  Date, location and time to be announced: Barrington, RI.

Burrillville Land Trust president, Paul A. Roselli gives the presentation along with invited experts in biology, water and air quality and more. Invenergy’s proposal to build in northwestern Rhode Island would be the largest fracked gas/diesel oil fired power plant in New England. Learn how and why this project would impact all Rhode Island. Contact: (401) 447-1560 for more information. The public is invited.

The Burrillville Land Trust is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) land trust in the Town of Burrillville. Out mission is to preserve and protect the rural character of the Town of Burrillville. We are not connected with the municipal government of the Town of Burrillville but have had a good working relationship with the Town since the land trust began in 1999.

 

Learn the Facts comes to South County

Learn the Facts about the Invenergy project.

Join us for a lively interactive presentation about the 1-gigawatt fracked gas-fired power plant proposed for northwestern Rhode Island

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Kingston Free Library, June 14, 2016 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm

a Public Forum on the proposed fracked gas-fired power plant in Northwest Rhode Island

If built, the proposed fracked gas-fired power plant in northwestern Rhode Island will be the largest gas-fired power plant in New England. When you add the size of the power plant, construction of new transmission lines, new sewer lines, new gas and cooling water pipelines, and other new infrastructure development the project will impact over 200 acres of forested land and wetlands in northwestern Rhode Island.

The emissions from the proposed power plant will cover a thirty-one mile radius impacting most of Rhode Island and releasing greater than normal EPA emissions levels to the towns of Burrillville, Glocester, Smithfield and North Smithfield as well as Douglas, Webster and Uxbridge, MA and Putnam and Thompson, CT. The greenhouse gas emissions from this one power plant, according to J. Timmons Roberts – Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at Brown University will, in his words, “…make it impossible for Rhode Island to meet the carbon-emission reduction targets” of the Resilient Rhode Island Act.

The Burrillville Land Trust along with the Rhode Island Association of Conservation Commissions is holding an interactive public forum addressing the many issues regarding the proposed power plant in the northwest corner of Rhode Island.

The power plant comes at a time when New England and the US (through the Paris Climate Change Conference) are moving away from fossil fuels and towards renewable resources and energy efficiency. This power plant will lock Rhode Island into an antiquated fossil fuel economy for the next 50 years.

While the proposed power plant is slated for northwest Rhode Island, the impact will be region wide. The power plant became a statewide issue owing to the support of Gina Raimondo, Governor of Rhode Island. “The concept that the opposition to this power plant is one of ‘not in my backyard’ faded away long ago as the Resilient Rhode Island Act became law for the entire state,” so says Paul Roselli, president of the Burrillville Land Trust. “The Paris Climate Change Conference elevated the RI Act from a state level to a regional and global issue. Increased greenhouse gas emissions know no boundary,” Roselli said.

To date, the land trust has held five public forums since March, 2016. This pubic forum gives attendees an opportunity to learn some of the facts about the proposed power plant. While the land trust is interested in land preservation and increasing the health and protection of all species, the public forums attempt to provide factual information so the audience can decide for themselves what is best for their town and for their state.

Opposition to the power plant spilled over into Thompson, CT during one of the Learn the Facts presentations. On May 26 nearly 60 people attended a two hour Learn the Facts at the Thompson Public Library. “All I did was read from the Invenergy application. Everyone in the room was concerned calling the power plant and impact to the environment ‘ugly’,” Roselli says.

The Public Forum in Kingston, RI is scheduled for June 14, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Kingston Free Library, 2605 Kingstown Rd, Kingston, RI 02881

Burrillville Land Trust president, Paul A. Roselli gives the presentation along with invited experts in biology, water and air quality and more. The public is invited.

The Burrillville Land Trust is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) land trust in the Town of Burrillville. Out mission is to preserve and protect the rural character of the Town of Burrillville. We are not connected with the municipal government of the Town of Burrillville but have had a good working relationship with the Town since the land trust began in 1999.

Join us for a Rally for Energy Independence

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Solar and wind energy production is beating fossil fuels hands down.

Over 1 gigawatt has been produced in New England over the last few years rivaling fracked gas-fired power plants.

Solar is more cost effective

Solar creates a smaller footprint with less infrastructure and less environmental impact.

Solar and wind turbines create more jobs than traditional fossil fuel power plants.

The Burrillville Land Trust along with the Rhode Island Association of Conservation Commissions and Keep Rhode Island Beautiful sponsor a Rally to learn about the facts of solar and wind. The return on investment and how to participate. The day will be filled with fun activities for families and children along with a speakers program and live music.

Come learn about the Invenergy project and the impact to the environment in the northwest corner of Rhode Island.

The Rally for Energy Independence takes place on the Town Commons in beautiful bucolic Harrisville, Rhode Island at the intersection of East Avenue (Route 107) and Harrisville Main Street, Harrisville, Rhode Island. The Rally goes from 10am to 2pm. While you are here, attend the Burrillville Farmers Market. Voted one of the best “Boutique Farmers’ Markets” in all of the USA.

If you would like to exhibit at the Rally, please call Paul at (401) 447-1560 for more information. Hope to see you on June 11, 2016.

Tree harvest – Edward D. Vock Conservation Area

Lots of tree branches spread all over the place help the earth below.

Lots of tree branches spread all over the place help the earth below.

 

This shot of the tree thinning looking north is clear evidence of a forester and tree steward that know what they are doing.

This shot of the tree thinning looking north is clear evidence of a forester and tree steward that know what they are doing.

Snow cover provided a layer of protection to the ground below.

Snow cover provided a layer of protection to the ground below.

The view from Jackson Schoolhouse Road.

The view from Jackson Schoolhouse Road.

Logs aplenty

Hard to imagine, but this tree is over a hundred years old. Each "ring" of growth is one year of growth. From a seedling that started around 1913 or so, this tree did really well in the forest that Edward D. Vock built.

Hard to imagine, but this tree is over a hundred years old. Each “ring” of growth is one year of growth. From a seedling that started around 1913 or so, this tree did really well in the forest that Edward D. Vock built.

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Hardwoods - oak mostly - get hauled into a pile.

Hardwoods – oak mostly – get hauled into a pile.

Fascinating to watch

December 19, 2013 was the start of the tree thinning on the Edward D. Vock Conservation Area.

December 19, 2013 was the start of the tree thinning on the Edward D. Vock Conservation Area.

This shot of the tree thinning looking north is clear evidence of a forester and tree steward that know what they are doing.

This shot of the tree thinning looking north is clear evidence of a forester and tree steward that know what they are doing.