Killingly Fracked-Gas Power Plant
KILLINGLY FRACKED-GAS POWER PLANT FACT SHEET
- 650 megawatt fracked-gas power plant was approved for Killingly by Conn. Siting Council in June, 2019. Gas is not fracked in Conn., but is piped in along the Enbridge pipeline from the fracked-gas operations in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
- “Natural gas” is a marketing term for primarily methane and other hydrocarbons that can be used as fuel.
- NTE Energy, a Florida private equity firm, was the project applicant, beginning a series of public meetings in 2016 where significant opposition from local residents was expressed and health risks were documented. Most support for the project at these meetings was from labor union members who wanted to work closer to home.
- Town of Killingly annual per capita income in the 2010 census was $26,585, over $10,000 less than Connecticut’s $36,775 annual per capita. By 2019, with the state per capita income at $45,359, the disparity was even greater with Killingly’s $31,679 annual per capita income even further behind–by $13,680.
- Emissions estimated by the applicant’s printed documents are for over 2 million tons of carbon dioxide, particulate matter and other pollutants, including nitrous oxides, annually. NTE, the developer, will be required to secure emissions offsets.
- The plant’s proposed emissions stack height is currently 150 feet, lowered from the original plan of 170 feet. EPA standards define good engineering practice for stack height at a minimum of 213 feet to avoid excessive atmospheric concentration of pollutants into surrounding air, water and soil.
- Air quality readings used in NTE’s construction application were taken in East Hartford, CT, over 40 miles west of the Killingly site.
- Killingly has had an operating gas power plant, Lake Road Generating, for over 19 years about one mile from the proposed new NTE site. Connecticut does not have an energy shortage; the power produced will be exported regionally out of state. The Conn. Siting Council previously rejected approval for this second plant in 2017 and 2018.
- Windham County child asthma rate is one of the highest in the state, by 2013 at 18.9% compared to the national rate of 9.4%.
- Within three miles of the proposed plant are four public schools, a day care center, a town recreation park, a convalescent center, Alexander’s Lake and a 74-unit elderly housing complex.
- Killingly Town Council entered into a tax stabilization agreement with the developer for the anticipated Killingly Energy Center in 2018 for $5 million annually for twenty years in lieu of taxes when construction begins. Additionally, the nearby Williamsville Fire District will receive $8.5 million over that same period.
- Water usage to run this plant is estimated at up to 100,000 gal./day when operating on gas and up to 400,000 gal./day when operating on diesel, allowed for up to 30 days/year.
- Conn. Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection (D.E.E.P.) has tentatively approved a pipeline branch extension, applied for by EverSource Energy (a Conn. energy distributor) that will extend through neighboring adjacent town of Pomfret wetlands and nature preserves and under the Quinebaug River to connect the NTE facility to the fracked-gas pipeline. The proposed pipeline crosses seven watercourses and 14 wetlands, risking disruption to threatened wildlife species, and fish.
- In September, 2019, twenty-six Conn. state legislators by letter publicly asked Gov. Lamont to oppose the plant, as construction is in conflict with his Governor’s Council on Climate Change goals and inconsistent with the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act.
- The Governor recently publicly stated that he does not want the Killingly plant to be built, but claims to not have the power to stop it.
- As of this writing on Sept. 30, 2021, the pending D.E.E.P. permit approval cited above is the only obstacle to initiation of plant construction by NTE.
- Environmental groups and individuals across the state have prioritized stopping the Killingly Energy Center plant.
- A variety of actions opposing this project have taken place including: testimony at D.E.E.P. hearings; testimony at the state legislature for a fossil fuel moratorium; public demonstrations at the Capitol, Governor’s residence, and statewide locations; rallies (both in person and virtual); and a letter-writing/calling campaign to Gov. Lamont and D.E.E.P, Commissioner Katie Dykes.
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