Scientists tell us that we must keep fossil fuels in the ground and rapidly transition to 100% renewable energy sources within decades if we are to prevent the most catastrophic results of climate change. Yet Connecticut is driving forward with an unprecedented infrastructure expansion to burn more fracked methane gas.
Join us for a rally outside Oxford High School (61 Quaker Farms Rd, Oxford) on September 17th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., to unite and say NO to an important anchor of the Connecticut fracked gas expansion, the Oxford Gas Power Plant. It is time, once again, to show our opposition to the disastrous Connecticut energy plan and demand a plan for saying YES to an emergency transition to sustainable sources of power such as solar and wind.
Studies released in the last year show that all prior measurements of emissions in the fracked methane gas cycle have dramatically under-assessed the quantity of methane released. It's now official: fracked methane gas, from extraction to burning, emits this greenhouse gas in quantities that make it as dangerous to the climate as coal and nearly as environmentally harmful. Supplies of clean water are threatened at many stages as well. At the same time as the power plant nears approval, Spectra Energy just received permission to expand the compressor station in Oxford, forcing this small rural town to face two greenhouse gas-spewing, water polluting monstrosities at once.
At 6:30 pm, the CT Department of Energy and Environment is hosting a hearing as part of the permitting process for the Oxford plant. This will be held at the Oxford High School auditorium, 61 Quaker Farms Road, Oxford, Connecticut. Many of us will attend and submit testimony at the hearing following the protest. Join us!For more info, email Martha Klein here
Connecticut Sierra Club
Please sign this petition to keep the proposed CPV Towantic Energy Plant out of the Woodruff Hill Industrial Park in Oxford! This highly-polluting 805 megawatt plant will impact the environment, the community, and the health of our children.
This site is only 500 feet from the Middlebury town line. If built, the plant will affect neighborhoods up to 2-3 miles away with vibration, noise, and 30 months of heavy construction traffic. Air pollution will directly impact homes within a 10 mile radius. The size of the proposed facility is stunning - 26 acres in all, with 6 acres of 80 foot tall water condensation units and two stacks 150 feet tall.
At its peak, the plant will consume over 80 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. When natural gas is low, as it was this past winter, the plant will run on fuel oil. There is currently 1.5 million gallons of fuel oil stored on the proposed site, which will last just 2.5 days. When that runs out, it will take one tanker truck full of fuel per hour, every hour to run the plant.At minimum, the plant will put out over 50 tons of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) per year. When the plant runs on oil any benefits of natural gas disappear, so we are facing known carcinogens such as sulfur dioxides and mercury output. The proposed plant will release 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year. The plant will release 190 tons of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) per year. The plant will release 12 tons of PM2.5 (particulate matter)
Natural gas (and oil) power plants add dangerous pollutants to the air that seriously impact the health of people within a ten mile radius, with children and the elderly most susceptible. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has linked air pollutants with cancer, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, respiratory symptoms, reproductive issues and birth defects.
The plant will also create water problems, both in sourcing and disposal. When operating on natural gas, it will consume 58,000 gallons per day; in oil mode, it will use 1,000,000 gallons per day. Stop Towantic Power believes that consuming such a large amount of water could disrupt our aquifer and cause water shortages. That water, which is used to scrub the two 150 foot stacks, will ultimately be discharged into the Naugatuck River, contaminating it and harming fish, plants and wildlife.
Connecticut has signed a Department of Energy pledge to the 20/20 program: 20% of its energy coming from renewable sources by the year 2020. We are currently at 3%. The construction of the Towantic fossil fuel power plant will not contribute to this goal. The plant is also unnecessary, based on the Connecticut Siting Councils Forecast Report (Docket No. F-2012/2013) that concludes electric generation supply will be adequate through 2022.
National research studies have shown that property values will decline; air traffic will experience additional risks from the extremely hot plume being emitted from the smokestacks; and a safety risk will be introduced into populated areas.
Please visit our website (www.stoptowanticpower.com) and use our letter writing tool to write letters or emails to the Connecticut Siting Council to urge them to deny this plant’s application (it’s quick and easy). This is the only way to stop the plant. Please forward this email to your friends—we need thousands of letters (you can send more than one).
GET INVOLVED! Contact Martha Klein (email her here) or 860-542-5225
For more info:
FANG (Fighting Against Natural Gas)
More methane pipelines across Connecticut!?? Not if you can help it! There is an industrialization of Connecticut’s landscape planned and it’s completely under the radar. There are five methane gas pipelines in the works with all the pollution, danger, and health concerns that come along with them. Much of this methane is for liquefaction and export where other countries pay more for it. We need you to call your Congressional representatives to say these pipelines are not needed nor wanted by the people of Connecticut.
Methane gas is extracted by fracking,
fraught with problems not reported in the mainstream media;
Compressor stations (c/s) release huge amounts of toxins. These toxins include benzene, toluene, sulfuric oxide, and formaldehyde. Citizens within 1500 feet of c/s in PA, TX, LA and other states have suffered from nose bleeds, rashes, headaches, sore throats, dizziness and nausea. A typical c/s also emits 46.2 tons of nitrous oxide per year. An anesthetic for dental surgeries, nitrous oxide can cause numbness and mental impairment. Nitrous oxide and volatile organic compounds interact to produce ground level ozone. Ozone inhibits crop and vegetation growth by as much as 30%.
Compressor stations are dangerous. Since 2011, there have been explosions and fires at c/s in Lathrop, Pa, Brooklyn Township, PA, Montrose, PA, Branchville, NJ, Windsor, NY, Pinedale, WY, Marengo County, AL, Oaktown, IN, Langton, OK, Nine Mile Canyon in UT – among others. Explosions have required midnight evacuations of nearby residents, with people evacuated out to a one-mile radius.
LEGISLATORS AND SENATORS:
Senator Chris Murphy (D CT)
Senator Richard Blumenthal
Representative Jim Himes (http://himes.house.gov/)
Representative Joe Courtney (http://courtney.house.gov/)
Representative John Larson (http://www.larson.house.gov/)
Representative Rosa DeLauro (http://delauro.house.gov/)
Washington, DC New Britain, CT
(202) 225-4476 (860) 223-8412
At the June 2015 Board meeting, the Connecticut Chapter voted:
"In order to encourage and educate the public on the environmental benefits of reduced meat consumption, especially that produced in factory farms, the Sierra Club Connecticut Chapter endorses Meatless Monday's."
What simple thing can you do to:
· Combat global warming
· Reduce water pollution
· Save the rainforests
· All while improving your health?