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 Learn 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, Woonsocket, 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 30 public forums since February, 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.

Presentations take place on the following dates, times and locations:

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.

Join the Burrillville Land Trust  RhodeMap RI – Great Places

January 23, 2014 • Jesse Smith Library • 100 Tinkham Lane • Harrisville, RI • 5:00 – 7:30 PM

The gatherings represent Round Four (final round) of a four-part Great Places workshop series.  This effort is just one part of the ongoing RhodeMap RI planning process, a comprehensive statewide planning strategy that also includes plans for housing and economic development. The Great Places work includes the identification, mapping and intersection of Green Resources (water supply, farmland, cultural areas, historic sites, recreation and open space areas), Economic Resources (land use, transportation networks, water and sewer, power and communications), and Social Resources (community facilities, social services, public transportation, labor/workforce opportunities).  Over the first three rounds, participants worked with a series of regional, city and town maps showing those areas of the state where growth and revitalization makes the most sense, based on the location of roads and other infrastructure and the need to protect important natural and cultural resources.

The purpose of this final round of workshops is to bring together the entire analysis to provide a comprehensive look at priorities for conservation and development across the state. Participants in the workshops will also have an opportunity to weigh-in on some preliminary results from the Housing and Economic Development groups, and to get a first look at how everything is coming together. The feedback from these workshops will be used to shape new state policies for economic development, housing, environmental protection, and land use as part of a broader, comprehensive statewide strategy.

Those who attend will participate in a fun, interactive session that will start with a look at the results of the Round Three Growth Centers Game, showing potential growth centers, key transportation networks, and Green networks. Overlays will show what participants indicated was the economic role of each center and the amount of future growth that is appropriate. This is an important opportunity to see how potential growth centers in each city and town fit into the regional economy. Participants will also discuss how local conservation priorities and hazards due to storms and potential flooding should shape future growth. Finally, those who attend the final round of workshops will be able to discuss infrastructure grants and other incentives that may be needed to bring this shared vision to life

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