Halt natural gas plant in Killingly
Groton Conservation Advocates, a local nonprofit environmental organization, applauded when last fall Governor Lamont announced Connecticut’s pursuit of zero-carbon electricity, a critically important conservation goal, by the year 2040. We were soon disappointed to learn of the administration's on-going commitment to build a new natural gas plant in Killingly. They are calling it a “bridge fuel” to a renewable energy future. Natural gas is a fossil fuel and a “bridge” fuel to nowhere since neither Connecticut nor the region needs the power this plant would generate.
The proposed Killingly Energy Center (KEC) represents a step backward because it will increase greenhouse gas emissions and worsen climate change. And now the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) has announced a tentative decision (pending public response) to issue a permit to KEC to daily discharge up to 90,000 gallons of polluted wastewater into the Killingly water treatment plant.
GCA opposes this permit and any future permit requests. DEEP should reject the requested NTE permit SP002475 and oppose plans to build the KEC altogether on behalf of the health and welfare of the people of Connecticut and the environment that sustains us.
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