Cuomo Stymied, Fractivists Lose, Valley Energy Center Starts Up

Fractivists protested and Andrew Cuomo tried to stop it but the CPV Valley Energy Center has started up and is making electricity with Marcellus Shale gas.

Finally! Competitive Power Ventures’ 680-megawatt CPV Valley Energy Center in Wawayanda (Orange County), New York is fully up and running and producing enough electricity to power 600,000 liberal New York homes. New York Gov. Cuomo tried his best to block the recently-completed (costing $900 million) Marcellus gas-fed plant from going online by instructing the Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to deny renewing a permit they previously issued, but a judge saw right through that one and overruled the DEC.

In August, at the last minute, the DEC said the plant will need a different (federal) air permit before it can start up, effectively blocking the project. The DEC had, five years earlier, issued a state permit for the same project. It was routine and normal for the DEC to simply renew the state permit. However, Cuomo told the DEC to find a way to stop the plant from starting (before the election), so the DEC pulled a dirty and denied the permit they themselves previously issued and had said was all that would be required.

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