The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has awarded a $429,267 grant to clean up contaminated land around Clark’s Mill in Shannock Village. Built in 1848, the mill, on the Pawcatuck River, is currently owned by FXF Hydro, which submitted the grant application in December.
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After 32 years as a Rhode Island police officer and more than five years as chief of the Charlestown Police Department, Jeffrey Allen will be stepping away from law enforcement.
A young Charlestown resident who is an artist and member of the Narragansett Indian Tribe has been named a candidate for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
Sherenté M. Harris, 17, is eligible to be selected as one of 161 students nationwide to be invited to Washington, D.C., in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a ceremony and to participate in other events and activities.
This story in the Journal Nature explains that the world is lit at night like never before, and ecologists are assessing the damage.
Locally, Charlestown is the darkest spot along the coast between New York and Boston, but we lose a little darkness every year.
With the next local election coming in November, the council would appear to have the option of appointing his replacement, rather than holding a special election.
Town Solicitor Peter Ruggiero said that according to Section 24 of the town’s charter, the council can fill an unexpected vacancy at its discretion.
Chicago developer Invenergy’s troubled proposal to build a large fossil fuel-burning power plant in Burrillville is facing yet another challenge, this time from two competing energy companies.
Two murals that languished for centuries behind the walls of the Card Farmhouse on Old Coach Road will be restored and displayed in the council chambers at Charlestown Town Hall. The funds for the painstaking restoration come from a $39,600 grant from the Champlin Foundation.
Our students are flourishing because of support from an amazing community! Most important, our students make us so proud; they stand ready to meet the highest of expectations with grit and determination, respectful and welcoming interactions, and a kind and generous spirit. They are a significant part of what makes this community so special!
HomeNewsEnergyEFSBInvenergyYet another FERC lawsuit is drowning Invenergy’s power plant plans Yet another FERC lawsuit is drowning Invenergy’s power plant plans December 23, 2017 Steve Ahlquist Invenergy 0 Invenergy, the company that wants to build a $1 billion fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant in the unspoiled forests of north west Rhode Island is […]
There are two, newly filed cases pertaining to Invenergy now pending at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington, DC: ER18-349 and EL 18-31. The central issue in both cases relates to who will pay several hundred million dollars to build and maintain the interconnection lines between Invenergy’s proposed power plant and the broader […]
The Fall River City Council Committee on Health and Environmental Affairs met on Monday night to discuss the city’s contract with Benn Water, a pool filling service company contracted by Invenergy to provide the water needed to cool the turbines of its proposed $1 billion fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant aimed at […]
Greater weight should be given to public input. The size of the board should be greater than three members. Fossil fuel power plants should be automatically disallowed. Environmental impact statements should be mandatory. These are just a few of the many suggestions the public brought forwards on Monday for how the Energy Facilities Siting Board […]
Upriseri.com – The Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) has voted, 3-0, to hold a show-cause hearing to provide Invenergy a chance to demonstrate why the pending docket to approve or deny the construction of a $1 billion …
Story at UpRiseRI – “It’s unconscionable that we are still talking about this [proposal],” said Charlestown resident Edward Fox. “Please put an end to this. Enough is enough. Let’s move on and set this thing out to pasture.”
The EFSB heard four motions on Monday. 15 lawyers filled the hearing room of the Public Utilities Commission in Warwick representing Invenergy, CLF, the Building Trades, the Towns of Burrillville and Charlestown, the Narragansett Indian Tribal Council, and the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER). The hearing got off to an uncharacteristically late start. EFSB board member Parag Argawal was absent, however board chair Margaret Curran and board member Janet Coit were present and made a quorum.
Most notably, Invenergy has only been able to sell half of the power plant’s electric capacity so far. The other half has failed to clear two auctions already held by Independent System Operator New England — the nonprofit operator of the regional power grid — and has been barred from the upcoming February auction because of permitting difficulties.
The Rhode Island House convened the Special Legislative Commission to study the Energy Facilities Siting Act for the first time Tuesday. The purpose of the commission is to “make a comprehensive review of the Energy Facility Siting Act and provide recommendations for improving and updating the act. Let’s hope it gets better!
In late September, the tribe contracted with Invenergy to supply water from tribal wells that are sourced from the southern portion of the Lower Wood Aquifer, located in the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed. The watershed comprises all or parts of Charlestown, Richmond, Hopkinton,Westerly, Exeter, West Greenwich, and South Kingstown in Rhode Island, and North Stonington, Stonington, Voluntown, and Sterling in Connecticut.
Students in the Chariho Culinary Arts program will host their annual Thanksgiving luncheon for seniors on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Chariho Tech. Reservations are required, and can be made by contacting Chariho Hospitality and Event Planning at 401-552-7567. Please leave a message with your contact information: first name, last name, phone number, number of guests in your party, and your town. The lunch begins at 11 a.m. in the Chariho Tech dining room, 459 Switch Road, Wood River Junction.
Members of the Hopkinton Town Council voted unanimously Monday to send a letter of support to Charlestown, congratulating the town on having received intervenor status in its effort to halt the sale of water by the Narragansett Tribe to a proposed power plant.
Council President Frank Landolfi said he was troubled by the possible effects of such a sale on the entire area. “There’s too many consequences, I think, of that happening,” he said. “I think we need to band with the others as we did with the railroad. Unfortunately, the Narragansett Tribe was with us on the railroad. This wasn’t a very transparent process.”
McMahon is the second senior Charlestown officer to retire in the past two months. Detective Sgt. Ryan Gwaltney announced his decision in mid-September. Gwaltney was a 28-year member of the force and had also been hired under Brady.
Steve Ahlquist Blog – “Is the Energy Facilities Siting Board, a quasi-judicial permitting authority for all licenses required for siting, construction or alteration of a major energy facility in Rhode Island, the right place to be deciding upon issues of Narragansett Indian Tribe governance?”
The original agenda for the August 17 Watuppa Water Board meeting had no notice about the deal with Benn Water. The revised agenda merely added the words, “Contingent Water Supply” with no additional details. At the meeting, as can be seen in the video, details are kept to a minimum and the discussion is somewhat circumspect. There is no mention of Invenergy, or a power plant, only of Benn Water. The Town of Burrillville is mentioned once (at the 1m35s mark), mistakenly referred to as a possible “primary source of water.”
“…we herein request an additional public hearing in Burrillville, Rhode Island,” writes Invenergy lawyer Richard Beretta, “to be held prior to the commencement of the Final Hearings, on December 4, 2017… As a result of modifications to its application since the initial public hearing, Invenergy requests the opportunity to present for public comment the contents of its application… inclusive of the Water Supply Plan filed on January 11, 2017 and the supplement filed on September 28, 2017.”
Having decided, despite the arguments of Invenergy lawyers, that Charlestown is an “affected community” as defined under the Energy Facilities Siting Act, the town was allowed intervenor status as it pertains to the water supply only.
Westerly Sun: “The heavily redacted documents make it impossible to identify where the water will be withdrawn from the Narragansett parcels and what routes will be affected by tanker truck traffic, Platner said in her testimony. The maximum withdrawal quantity is also missing from the documents, making it impossible to gauge the impact on the town and the aquifer, she said.”
Invenergy recently announced the tribe as the back-up water supplier to cool its proposed plant. However, tribal members claim the water deal was made illegally without a vote from the tribal body, which violates the their constitution. Darlene Monroe, tribal elder and march organizer, said the next step is to file a court order that would put a stop to the water agreement.
“this isn’t a Charlestown issue or a tribal issue alone. This is a regional issue and towns from Westerly to Narragansett need to be aware of it and let the state’s Energy Facility Siting Board know they want to be involved. And if it involves Westerly it involves Pawcatuck, since the aquifer supplies Pawcatuck’s water through Westerly.”
In his motion to intervene, Charlestown Town Solicitor Peter Ruggiero notes that the water deal between the Narragansett Indian Tribe (NIT) and Invenergy concerns a “water supply for the area comprising Charlestown, including the NIT, is through a variety of private, public and quasi-municipal wells using a common aquifer, known as the Lower Wood River Aquifer, located within the Pawcatuck River Basin.”
Westerly Sun: “You may now become an affected community under the Energy Facility Siting Board’s regulations and if that’s the case they may need to amend the proceeding that they’re in now and have a hearing in Charlestown, but only if we’re allowed to intervene,” Ruggiero said.