Environmentalists split on gas plant

The July 5 Salem News highlights disagreements among North Shore environmentalists on the wisdom of siting a new natural gas plant at Salem Harbor Station. Pat Gozemba of SAFE is quoted as saying:

We really don’t want another fossil fuel plant, but we’re looking at the economic realities. We are concerned about the economic health, as well as the environmental health, of this city.

As reporter Tom Dalton explains, the proposal for the quick-start gas plant does have some environmental benefits. This type of plant could provide the necessary back-up power for a future wind farm off Cape Ann.

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