On June 13, 2013, SAFE presented a proposal to Mayor Driscoll to pursue a Community Benefits Agreement with Footprint Power, the developer that now owns Salem Harbor Station. The proposal focuses on two key community concerns: mitigating carbon emissions which contribute to climate change and therefore sea level rise, which could devastate our community, and a dispute resolution process. Read the full proposal here.
On Thursday, October 4, Salem SAFE joined the fun, marching in the Haunted Happenings Parade. The Green Team also included Salem Sound CoastWatch and GreenSalem.com, the City’s Recycling Taskforce.
by Tom Dalton
Staff Writer, Salem News
September 28, 2012
SALEM — The state will make sure that past and current owners are held responsible for the cleanup of the Salem Harbor Station power plant, the state’s top energy official said yesterday.
“We are not going to let any responsible party off the hook,” said Richard Sullivan, secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. “We need to hold everybody responsible.”
Salem News September 20, 2012
Tom Dalton STAFF WRITER
SALEM — The first large public hearing on Footprint Power’s plan to build a natural gas-fired power plant on the Salem waterfront generated a lot of questions and concerns, but little heat.
If there is strong, broad-based community opposition to the idea of replacing 61-year-old Salem Harbor Station, a coal and oil-fired facility, with another power plant, it didn’t emerge last night from the more than 100 people who attended a Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board hearing at Salem High.
The project got a warm reception, as expected, from elected officials, business leaders and a union representative from the plant, but it also was endorsed by a Salem-based environmental group and several neighbors.
by Stewart Lytle, Salem Patch
Footprint Power presents its plan for a new, smaller natural gas plant that will leave 40 acres of waterfront for future development.
It isn’t often that a city gets a gift that promises to pay at least $4.75 million a year in local taxes, creates jobs, pollutes far less and gives the city about 40 acres of land it can use to open the harbor to more public access while developing other tax-paying, job-creating businesses.
Footprint Power promises that soon everyone in Salem will be able to approach the harbor and enjoy these views: minus the coal, stacks, and ugly industrial buildings.
seldom seen view of Winter Island
view of the coal pile
Conservation Law Foundation’s Shanna Cleveland checking out the site and the management
An industrial age on the wane. The flagpole is planted at the memorial to the 3 workers who died at the plant in November 2007.
By Bethany Bray
Staff Writer Salem News
August 22, 2012
SALEM — Footprint Power executives said yesterday the natural gas-fired plant they plan to build on Salem Harbor will be “dramatically cleaner” than the coal-burning one that has operated there since the 1950’s.
The public got a first glimpse at Footprint’s plans at a public meeting yesterday morning — the first of what many public sessions on the project.
August 6, 2012
Footprint to hold public meetings to discuss development plans
By Alan Burke Staff writer Salem News
SALEM — Footprint Power has dropped the other shoe, announcing yesterday that the acquisition of the Salem Harbor Station power plant from Dominion Energy Inc. is a done deal.
“The change in ownership went into effect Saturday,” according to a press release. The company also confirmed that public meetings will be held to discuss their plans, which currently include an end to the coal plant’s operation in May 2014.
House and Senate approve energy bill touted by Salem representative
By Jesse Roman
Staff Writer The Salem News
Tue Jul 31, 2012
Salem Harbor Station will be dismantled and the entire 60-acre site will be cleaned up by 2017, the state Legislature vowed yesterday in passing an energy bill championed by Salem Rep. John Keenan.
The legislation, embedded in a much larger renewable-energy bill, calls for the formation of a state task force to look into options for “the full financing” of deconstruction and cleanup of the plant. It will also explore how to maintain the jobs and tax revenue lost with the closing of the plant and will work to ensure “the responsible parties are held liable for costs of environmental remediation,” the bill reads.
By Matt Murphy/State House News Service
Posted Jul 28, 2012
A key section of the House energy bill inserted by Rep. John Keenan to facilitate the redevelopment of the Salem Power Plant has severely complicated negotiations between the House and Senate over a final bill in the waning days of formal sessions for 2012.
According to lawmakers close to the negotiations and outside groups who have tried to offer alternative solutions to long-term contracting that could help clean up the Salem site, the overtures have thus far been unsuccessful.