As the CPV gas plant in Wawayanda nears completion, is it a “done deal”? Not necessarily.
The plant cannot begin operating until the Millennium Pipeline Company receives the 401 water permit for its Valley Lateral Project, a 7.8 mile pipeline that would provide gas to the CPV plant.
CPV has forged ahead without this final permit, apparently confident that its investment will pressure the state. However, New York has no obligation to grant the permit if it decides the pipeline would be too great a threat to waterways. Gov. Cuomo recently denied the Constitution pipeline a water permit for that reason.
Furthermore, CPV is now under the cloud of a federal investigation in which one of its executives is charged with corruption related to the CPV project. These bribery charges reinforce claims by CPV opponents that the plant did not receive thorough scrutiny.
In January of last year, more than 300 people turned out for a forum on CPV and expressed surprise, alarm, and indignation about this project. We hope that you, and others who do not approve of this plant, know that we can still take action.
What can be done? If you do not believe a plant of this magnitude, with outsized effects on pollution, land values, and health, belongs in Wawayanda, call or email Gov. Cuomo and the DEC. Contact your elected officials, who have an ethical responsibility to relay their constituents’ concerns. Write a letter to the editor. Talk with your neighbors. Show up at the weekly picket at the CPV site at 3300 Rt. 6 near 17M, 11 a.m. to 12 noon each Saturday.
Remember that the Shoreham nuclear plant was built on Long Island, but never opened because of opposition.
Don’t give up. We have a lot to lose.
Mary Makofske, William Makofske, Geoff Howard, Gabriel Wardwell, Pamela Schultz, Michael Helme, Susanne Meyer-Fitzsimmons, Melanie Gold, Pat Foxx, Emily Boardman, Christy Erfer, Alice McMechen, Roger Moss, Elizabeth Knight, Bill Greene, Jerome Spector, & Valerie Lucznikowska