By Jay Behrke
WAWAYANDA – Protesters at 3300 Route 6 have been at it for one year now, voicing their opinions volubly, yet peaceably, as the CPV plant rises up behind them. Though construction progresses unimpeded, they remain hopeful that their cause will not have been in vain.
“Now that people can see the power plant, and they know that ammonia tanks are coming here, diesel tanks are coming here, and fracked gas is coming here, the opposition is growing,” said protester Tom Denny, who has been doing this since the start.
The proposed 650-Megawatt power plant – which will generate electricity by utilizing natural gas pipelined in from Pennsylvania and which will feature two 275-foot smoke stacks – nonetheless employs what the company terms “a proven technology used throughout North America and the world to generate electricity without incident.”
“Stand up and demand changes in policy,” Michael Sussman, an attorney from Goshen representing the “Wawayanda 6″ (six protesters – including actor James Cromwell – arrested for chaining themselves together in front of the construction site), has said in regard to approval for the plant having been granted in Albany. “We have a plethora of energy resources, which makes this unnecessary.”
As of Monday, protesters enacted a second, “Rush Hour” limited edition (six weeks) picket to draw even more attention to their cause. Care to add your voice to the line? Just show up, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturdays, and 5 – 5:45 p.m. Mondays.