For Immediate Release:
August 16, 2003
For More Information Contact:
Edward Vale - (631) 334-8191
More Power Plants and the Boy Who Cried Wolf
The Truth Behind the Power Outage
"This would not be the first time TGE has tried to take
advantage of a tragedy," said Edward Vale, spokesperson for the
Greenpoint/Williamsburg Waterfront Task Force. "TGE filed their
preliminary scoping statement to construct the plant less than a
week after September 11th."
"Anyone who claims the blackout shows we need more power plants
is like the boy who cried wolf and is attempting to prey on
people's fears for their own gain," Vale continued, "This outage
was a result of problems with the electric grid and transmission
lines and had nothing to do with the power supply. If the
system cannot even handle the current amount of electricity it
is certainly not the right time to add a 1,100-megewatt plant.
Vale continued, "We do not need the energy from this plant right
now and future energy demands can be met by re-powering existing
plants, renewable energy sources and conservation."
Vale concluded, "This plant would jeopardize the redevelopment
of the entire Brooklyn waterfront and New York City's 2012
Olympic bid. It would also increase health problems and air
pollution. We are confidant that New York State will recognize
the dangers that TGE's plant would pose and reject their
application to build it."
The Greenpoint/Williamsburg Waterfront Task Force (GWWTF) is a
growing coalition of over 90 community groups, civic groups,
religious organizations, businesses, schools and artists
organized to stop the TGE project. For more information and a
list of member organizations go to: www.stopthepowerplant.org