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. When you add the size of the power plant, construction of new transmission lines, new sewer lines, a two million gallon oil tank, new gas and water pipelines, construction landing pad and other new infrastructure development the project will impact over 200 acres of forested land and wetlands in northwestern Rhode Island.
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 middle of the woods 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 and the Rio Accords) are rapidly 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 jobs and tax revenues may seem like a positive draw for this type of construction, costs to the environment, added fire and rescue, decreased property values, slowing down renewables development, the cost of brownfield clean up and more, far out weigh any perceived positive economic impact. The emissions from this one 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, North Smithfield, Lincoln, Woonsocket and Cumberland as well as Douglas, Webster and Uxbridge, MA and Putnam and Thompson, CT.