Free screening of documentary film ‘Time to Choose’

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Tue, Feb 28 @ 6:30 pm
First Church in Salem, UU
316 Essex St.
Salem, MA 01970

Join us for a FREE screening of “Time to Choose,” a documentary by Charles Ferguson about the urgent need to transition to renewable energy.

With footage from five continents, “Time to Choose” explores the scope of the climate change crisis and the power of solutions already available. Learn more about this inspiring film and watch the trailer here, http://www.timetochoose.com/
6:30 – 7:00 Social hour / light refreshments
7:00 – 7:15 Welcome
7:15 – 8:30 Film
8:30 – 9:00 Optional Q&A

Ironic Snow Date: Wed., March 1

SPONSORED BY:
* Salem Alliance for the Environment (SAFE)
* North Shore 350, the North Shore Environmental Coalition, & Citizens Climate Lobby North Shore

*Action Together North Shore

For more information, visit www.SalemSAFE.org

 

State official: Power plant will be cleaned up

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.”

Read more.

Record Ocean Temperatures Recorded Off New England Coast

 by Bob Berwyn
Climate Progress / News Report

Published: Sunday 23 September 2012

Scientists said this year’s sea surface temperatures along the northeast coast of the U.S. set all-time records, with as-yet unknown consequences for marine ecosystems.

Above-average temperatures were found in all parts of the ecosystem, from the ocean bottom to the sea surface and across the region, and the above average temperatures extended beyond the shelf break front to the Gulf Stream, according to an ecosystem advisory issued by NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center.

The warm waters led to the earliest, most intense and longest-lasting plankton bloom on record, with  implications for marine life, from the smallest creatures to the largest marine mammals like whales. Atlantic cod continued to shift northeastward from its historic distribution center.

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Power plant public hearing attracts crowd in Salem

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.

Read more.

How Much Will Footprint Power Pay Salem in Taxes?

by Stewart Lytle,   Salem Patch

August 22,2012

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.

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SAFE gets a chance to see what the harbor front looks like from inside the coal plant.

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.

Footprint details plans at first public meeting. Vows to build much cleaner power

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.

Read more.

Power plant deal is official

 

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.

Read more…..

Plant to be cleaned up by 2017

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.

Read more…..

Salem power-plant rider bogs down energy-bill talks

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.

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