Says Invenergy proposal illegally forces Providence to sell public resource
March 7, 2017 (PROVIDENCE, RI) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against Invenergy and the Town of Johnston for pushing through a plan to buy water from Providence in order to power the proposed Burrillville gas-fired power plant. The lawsuit contends that Providence has no legal obligation to redirect water rightfully belonging to city residents in order to power a project that city leadership has vocally opposed.
“The people of Providence have a right to determine where our water goes,” said CLF attorney Max Greene. “Coercing us into selling off this public resource to power a fossil fuel plant we don’t support is not only irresponsible – it’s illegal. Invenergy’s last hope for this project rests on strong-arming our capital city, and we won’t let them get away with it.”
A copy of CLF’s lawsuit can be found here. The Town of Burrillville filed a parallel lawsuit this morning as well.
CLF experts are available for further comment.