Statements from environmental groups:
“While we are glad to see the coal plant slated for retirement, we are concerned about PSEG’s plan to build another fossil fuel burning facility in the South End. Clean energy doesn’t come out of a smokestack, and the South End community has been severely overburdened with air pollution. A fracked methane gas plant is a fossil fuel, not clean energy,” said Sarah Lewis, a Bridgeport-based community organizer with Toxics Action Center.
Brenden Williams, a resident of the South End, said he isn’t looking forward to the construction of a new gas plant. “I live directly adjacent to the PSEG site. I’m not happy about another smokestack in Bridgeport. It means continued fossil fuel emissions in my neighborhood.”
Tiffany Mellers, a resident of the West End said, “As the time moves forward we seem to keep getting caught in the same web of ancient ideas like gas and coal. PSEG should be innovative and use green and renewable energy technology in Bridgeport. The CEO of PSEG, Ralph Izzo, prides himself as a leader in renewable energy. Yet, he continues to burn fossil fuels in Bridgeport, a majority low-income, community of color.”
Jorge Cruz, a community activist who spoke at the February 1st Public Hearing regarding the agreement mirrored Mellers concerns. “We want speedy closure of the coal plant, and a date for the retirement of the proposed gas plant.”
Ben Martin, an organizer with 350CT said, “Once again Bridgeport city officials ignore the will of their constituents in favor of the polluter from PSEG. You cannot solve the problem of environmental racism by adding more pollution from a gas power plant that would likely use fracked gas.”