Burrillville Power Plant Application Suspended

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Board says Invenergy omitted critical elements of proposal

October 13, 2016 (PROVIDENCE, RI) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to a decision from the Rhode Island Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) suspending Invenergy’s application for a natural gas power plant in Burrillville. The Board chose to suspend the docket due to Invenergy’s failure to provide the necessary, required information about the source of its water supply.

“Invenergy’s proposal to build a costly plant that will burn dangerous fossil fuels continues to hit one road block after another, and for good reason: the facts are stacked against them,” said CLF senior attorney Jerry Elmer. “The legal deadline for Invenergy to submit a complete application has long passed, yet crucial elements concerning the plant’s ecological and environmental impacts remain missing. Merely suspending the docket at this point falls one step short – it’s time for the Board to close the docket once and for all.”

In January of this year, CLF submitted a Motion to Dismiss this docket in the EFSB on the grounds that Invenergy’s application was incomplete. Ten months later, Invenergy’s application remains incomplete, forming the basis of a new Motion to Dismiss from CLF that is currently pending before the Board.

Earlier today, CLF submitted the expert testimony of Scott Comings, Associate State Director for the Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island, highlighting new ecological concerns with Invenergy’s proposal. More information about Comings’ testimony can be found here.

CLF experts are available for further comment.


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