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.
The Siting Board will conduct a public comment hearing to receive public comments on the proposed Footprint Natural Gas Facility, which will replace the current coal facility at Salem Harbor Station.
The hearing is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at Salem High School, 77 Wilson Street, Salem, Massachusetts. This is an important opportunity to hear from the developers.
At the public comment hearing, Footprint will present an overview of the proposed facility. Public officials and the public will then have an opportunity to ask questions and make comments about the proposed facility. The Siting Board will also accept written comments on the proposed Facility at the public comment hearing. Written comments also may be filed with the Siting Board at the address below, until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3, 2012.
The public comment hearings will be recorded by a court reporter. Interpreters for both Spanish and Portuguese will be available at the public comment hearings for any members of the public who need translation in order to ask questions or make comments.
The Salem News reports that the new owner of the Salem power plan, will be partnering with Toyta Tsusho Corp., a member of the group of companies that includes Toyota Motors Corp.
“We are delighted to add a world-class organization with Toyota’s resources and experience as a member of our team,” said Peter Furniss, Footprint’s CEO.
“We look forward to working together with Toyota Tsusho to successfully develop a new, clean, efficient facility that will serve as the economic engine that will drive redevelopment of the rest of the non-power portions of the site.”
Toyota Tsusho will be actively involved in the development process, contributing financially to the project as well as providing its expertise in development and operation of electric generating facilities. Read more.
The Salem News updated this story on September 6.
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.
In an interview with the Salem News, the new owners of Salem Harbor Station say,”we’re going to do it right.” The new plant owners, Peter Furniss and Scott Silverstein of Footprint Power, take responsibility for the clean up, and claim they do not need public subsidies to ensure that the old plant is taken down. Read more.
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.