Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 4-5-18

Plant will affect region

I’ve been conducting a survey: Do you know about the construction of the Cricket Valley Energy Center? In Connecticut, the answer is usually “no,” in New York, more likely  “yes.”

Cricket Valley Energy Center, under construction in nearby Dover, N.Y., will be the largest natural gas power plant in the Northeast. It is slated to be complete and in operation in 2020. Fracked gas from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania will be transported by pipeline to the plant where it will be burned to produce electricity, spewing out toxic air pollution.

A few weeks ago, an article about protesters at the plant, followed by a letter to the editor, appeared in The Millerton News, but not in The Lakeville Journal. In the article, Dutchess County Legislator and Democratic state senate candidate Joel Tyner is quoted, “I don’t think the people of Dover and Dutchess County have been fully informed about the waste about to be dumped on them.”  Cricket Valley Energy Center is just 6 miles from Kent, Conn. He could just as well have stated, “I don’t think the people of Kent and Litchfield County have been fully informed about the waste about to be dumped on them.”

It wasn’t until construction of Cricket Valley started last summer that some residents and local officials in Connecticut even knew about the project, literally in their backyards. And still, according to my very informal survey, many in Connecticut are unaware of it. Because of the initial outcry from a group in Sherman and other neighboring Connecticut towns, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty introduced a bill in February that would require residents and officials within 30 miles of a proposed power plant to be notified of the project, even across state lines.  Using 30 miles as a guideline includes the following Connecticut towns: Kent, Cornwall, Sharon, Sherman, New Milford, New Fairfield and Danbury. Lakeville, where I am near the state line, and most of Salisbury, as well, would be included.

On Sunday, April 8, from 3 to 5 p.m., the Sherman Conservation Commission will hold a informational meeting, “Cricket Valley Power Plant’s Impact on Western Connecticut.” The seminar is at the firehouse, 1 Route 39 N, Sherman, CT 06784. Topics to be discussed by the panelists include health and environmental concerns of air and water pollution from methane, nitrous oxides and other emissions that the 1,100 megawatt plant will be permitted to release when they burn the gas extracted from the Marcellus Shale via fracking.  

Cancer researcher Courtney Williams (PhD molecular biology), and electrical engineer Keith Schue (technical advisor to Otsego 2000), will participate. Cricket Valley and the town of Dover were invited to speak but declined. The seminar is free and open to the public.

Although news of the Cricket Valley Energy Center doesn’t seem to cross state lines, the toxic waste certainly will.

Helen Baldwin



Appreciates support of voters

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many voters of Millerton for coming to vote at the village election on March 20.  I especially appreciate the support that was given to me and my running mate, Alicia Sartori.

Alicia will be an excellent addition to the Village Board.  She is a hard worker and a well-grounded person.  I believe good things will come from her service to our community.

David Sherman