By Jay Behrke

WAWAYANDA – While the proposed CPV Valley fracked gas power plant in Wawayanda awaits a final water permit, concerned citizens from near and not so near have combined to form an adhoc group of local activists (including members of Hudson Valley EarthFirst!) committed to fighting the plant’s opening. This past Saturday – as they have every Saturday – the groups gathered in front of the plant to the sounds of honking-horn encouragement and revved-engine animosity from passing motorists.

“It’s not a done deal,” asserted artist Melanie Gold, who organized today’s second protest event – a CPV/politician marriage in Middletown. “When people come together and use their creativity and joy in responding to what is perceived as a lack of power, they collectively create their own real power, and that is the only type of power that can effect real change.”

Susan Folk from Dingmans Ferry had come because her daughter, Sierra – also at the protest – had asked her. “They told us they were not going to frack in New York; but, so what are they doing, they’re putting a power plant in here.”

After protesting at the site of the plant, most of the participants relocated to the mock marriage at Thrall Park.

“Dear beloved, we are forced here to join today Competitive Power Ventures in unholy matrimony with our local politicians,” said the Monopoly Man, who presided over the ceremony.

And, until the day the plant starts operating, these passionate protesters will keep fighting in the hope that the 650-kilowatt plant will somehow be shuttered before generating a single watt.

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