Environmental Impacts of New Gas Powered Plant in Brookhaven NY...
Caithness II to be built on right side of photo
Some months ago Caithness II gas powered electric generating plant in Brookhaven Town was strongly informed that it needed to consider all environmental impacts of that plant before giving its construction the green light.
This plant is intended to be constructed next to the existing Caithness plant, just south of the LIE at exit 66. It will have twice the capacity as the existing one, and according to LIPA, it would actually increase the cost of our electricity.
Unfortunately, despite hearing from hundreds of us, the Town's Draft Environmental Impact Statement for this project brushed aside a number of important environmental issues, such as increased local air pollution and increased global climate change from carbon dioxide emissions, and it ignored the role that increased efficiency and renewable generation might play in reducing the need for more fossil fuel generated electric power. We believe building an additional gas fired plant without first having an over-arching plan to move to a substantially renewable electrical energy economy would contribute to additional global climate change and delay the needed transition to the production of electricity by renewable means.
Having experienced Superstorm Sandy, we all know full well the effects of climate change, and know we need to do what we can to lessen the chance of and severity of such storms in the future.
It is time for Long Island to become a leader in renewable energy and invest in new solar and offshore wind rather than building new fossil fuel plants.
Caithnesss II Public Hearing Brookhavenn Town Auditorium on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 5pm