Thursday, June 21, 2007

Will Williamsburg Have Serious Gas?

williamsburg transgas plant

Remember that big TransGas power plant on the Williamsburg waterfront that would, among other things, have a park and million dollar condos as its neighbors? You know, the one that everyone assumed had been beaten to death by community opposition a long, long time ago? Well, it's alive and its future could be decided today. The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment (Siting Board) has a meeting about the issue this afternoon. It will decide whether to continue considering the proposal by TransGas Energy System to build a 776 MW gas-fired generator that would sit, roughly, where the Bayside Fuel depot is today. Most of the plant would be underground, presenting serious environmental issues, as it includes the area once occupied by a Manufactured Gas Plant. Toxic substances are believed to be deep under the surface and are also said to have migrated on the water table. If you're really hardcare, you can watch the meeting live online. You have to go here to do it and we looked and saw no obvious linke and it requires RealPlayer, at which point, we completely lose interest.

Will residents of Northside Piers and The Edge be able to gaze down on a park with fountains covering a 776 megawatt power plant, plus its big smokestack? Stay tuned.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate you bringing this to my attention, but seriously, you couldn't figure out how to view the meeting?

Click on New York State Public Service Commission, then click on the NYPSC Siting Board, and watch.

Unfortunately, I clicked too late to catch the beginning of the meeting, hopefully a transcription of the meeting will be available soon.

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

replay is now up -

19:53 of the first clip is when meeting begins

21:08 the comment made by the gentleman speaking is to recommend the request be denied

27:35 - vote taken 'aye' to deny the request.

If you can verify I am correct, that'd be great.

2:57 PM  

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