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Danskammer stopped: Coalition applauds permit denial for fracked gas plant

Governor Hochul’s Department of Environmental Conversation (DEC) denied the Danskammer fracked gas power plant required permits, shutting down the proposed project.

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DEC denies permits for Danskammer and Astoria fracked gas plants – Riverkeeper statement

The DEC denied permits for two proposed fracked gas power plants – Danskammer Energy Center and Astoria Gas Turbine Power – on the basis that those facilities would be inconsistent with the state's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act of 2019.

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Ditmars Blvd. Block Association, Guardians of Flushing Bay and Riverkeeper react to Port Authority’s commitment to review AirTrain alternatives

For immediate release: October 13, 2021 Contact: Leah Rae, [email protected], (914) 715-6821 Ditmars Blvd. Block Association, Guardians of Flushing Bay and Riverkeeper today issued the following statement regarding Port Authority’s announcement that it would pause action on the AirTrain project at Governor Hochul’s request and conduct a “thorough review of mass transit options to LaGuardia Airport.” Represented by Pace Environmental Law Clinic, the three groups filed a petition in federal court on Sept. 20 alleging the decision to greenlight the AirTrain project along Flushing Bay was based on an unlawfully […]

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Riverkeeper welcomes Tracy Brown as next President and Hudson Riverkeeper, first woman to lead the organization

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Riverkeeper’s Board of Directors selects an influential advocate and Riverkeeper alum who brings a track record of success and an enduring passion for clean water, the Hudson, and the challenges of climate justice in the Hudson watershed.

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NYS announces renewable energy incentives for projects that would damage the Hudson: A shameful use of public money

New York Governor Kathy Hochul today announced two energy infrastructure projects to power New York City: the Clean Path NY (CPNY) project, developed by Forward Power (a joint venture of Invenergy and EnergyRe) and the New York Power Authority, and Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) project, developed by Transmission Developers, Inc. (backed by Blackstone) and Hydro-Québec. The projects were selected for contract negotiation as part of the New York State Energy Research Development and Authority’s (NYSERDA) Tier 4 renewable energy solicitation. Once finalized, NYSERDA will submit the negotiated contracts for […]

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Advocates sue to halt LaGuardia AirTrain, alleging the politically favored project was selected without required review of transit alternatives

As proposed, the $2 billion Port Authority project would harm a historically Black community and eliminate waterfront parkland – without delivering a one-fare public transit ride from Manhattan to LaGuardia Airport Represented by the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, advocates filed a petition in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals Monday, September 20, alleging that the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to greenlight the LaGuardia AirTrain was based on an unlawfully biased decision-making process that eliminated alternatives from review that likely could have limited the impact on local community members, avoided construction […]

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LaGuardia AirTrain: Riverkeeper joins Port Authority staff’s call for investigation

Agency’s Inspector General should look into Governor Cuomo’s “undue influence” over the project Following Governor Cuomo’s announcement yesterday that he would resign from office, dozens of Port Authority staff members demanded a halt to the proposed AirTrain to LaGuardia Airport and an investigation into “undue influence” from the Governor’s office, the Daily News reported. Riverkeeper has raised numerous concerns about the project’s biased environmental review, which avoided consideration of potentially superior transit alternatives. A Riverkeeper lawsuit unearthed a letter reflecting that the Federal Aviation Administration, which was charged with approving […]

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FAA approves LaGuardia AirTrain despite objections from Riverkeeper, community groups

Advocates sue to halt LaGuardia AirTrain
Decision fails to address numerous concerns over railway construction above Malcolm X Promenade on Flushing Bay.

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A coalition of 22 groups insist on full environmental review for Troy development

A coalition of 22 community groups, Indigenous leaders and organizations deliver a letter to the City of Troy Common Council insisting on a full environmental review for the Second Avenue Project that is a sacred indigenous site located in North Troy, NY.

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NY climate groups encouraged by DEC’s call for comments on power plant applications that defy climate law

New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) said on Wednesday that two proposed fracked gas power plants —— Astoria NRG in Queens and Danskammer in Newburgh, Orange County —— appear to be “inconsistent with or would interfere with the attainment of the Statewide GHG emission limits” established in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.

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