Union supports proposed Billerica pow...

Union supports proposed Billerica power plant

There are 14 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Apr 25, 2008, titled Union supports proposed Billerica power plant. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

The Merrimack Valley Central Labor Council would like to register its support for the proposed Billerica Energy Center.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Lowell Sun.


Dracut, MA

#1 Apr 25, 2008
I beleive no one is against this project using local labor if it is built. What I do not understand is the lack of understanding for the residents that live in this area. To infer that this neighborhood is already a dump, so too bad for those who are stuck there, is just not a fair statement. I also notice that the traffic issue is being pushed as not to bother "the rest" of Billerica. If a health firm could say this will have "zero" impact on my kids or other kids that have conditions like asthma I would say go for it. It is an industrial area, great highway access, etc, but it is too resedential for this use.
Our Neighborhood

Dracut, MA

#2 Apr 25, 2008
Can you all just stop bashing our neighborhood. No one that lives here blames you for wanting to make some money but you are just being nasty about it. Just say we are in it for the money and leave the rest alone and no one would blame you for it. You act like we have no right to question the developer. If it does go up we deserve to have asked for everything we can get.
Pee You

Tyngsboro, MA

#3 Apr 25, 2008
That neighborhood stinks,literally!
Billerica Native

Dover, NH

#4 Apr 25, 2008
Build the plant. For every bit of energy created by this new plant, that is one less unit of energy that needs to be created by an older, less efficient, more polluting facility in the local area. The net affect has to be positive for the environment.

The people crowding town hall all drove up in their own cars...the sum effect was that they created more pollution with the 100 cars they brought than the new plant will give off in a year.
Our Neighborhood

Dracut, MA

#5 Apr 25, 2008
Has an agreement with the union even been signed on this contract? What stops the developer from using contractors from TX and PA?
Our Neighborhood

Dracut, MA

#6 Apr 25, 2008
This is like having a conversation with a 4 year old. You keep saying the same "scripted" things over and over again. People should be able to disagree with each other without being attacked.
AndCleanAirForAl l

Tyngsboro, MA

#7 Apr 25, 2008
The union has copied the pre-written letter from the developer. Two letters to the editor previously were the same cut and paste. How can anyone support the union position when they can't even think for themselves? The developer is USING the union to gain support. All the ads say 250 construction jobs, not 250 UNION jobs.These plants are built with out of state labor. No plants will go offline- the developer has never been able to prove that statement. It is sad how gullible the union is being.
Our Neighborhood

Dracut, MA

#8 Apr 25, 2008
Could someone let me know which NE. dirty plants were shut down when Blackstone and Bellingham opened?
Our Neighborhood

Dracut, MA

#9 Apr 25, 2008
"..the sum effect was that they created more pollution with the 100 cars they brought than the new plant will give off in a year"

The Billerica plant will give off almost as much co2 as the entire town (did you miss that?) I also hope you don't plan on too much new development coming to the town besides this short term job. There will be no water for other companies.
Dope Slap

Tyngsboro, MA

#10 Apr 25, 2008
Mr. Georges, glad you are already spending the money for the town. I didn't know it was as simple as $1 mil per year to solve all of Billerica's financial problems. There is so much that is factually incorrect Mr. Georges. But obviously you don't care if Joe makes you look like a fool.He's getting all of the union "we're not sheep" to carry his water. You guys are not helping your reputations at all. And your families still get to breathe this crap if it gets built.
Our Neighborhood

Dracut, MA

#11 Apr 25, 2008
You keep bashing the neighborhood, but you really need to remember that people from North Teksbury, Chelmsford, and Belvediere are also concerned about this. Some people that you are offending are your own union members (they do live here) and business owners and managers who you may want to work with in the future. Keep your options open as this is a short term job that limits future growth.
Who said union

Dracut, MA

#12 Apr 28, 2008
Navasota Energy Partners LP Announce Power Plant Contractors
(ODESSA, TEXAS - May 17, 2006)--- Navasota Odessa Energy Partners LP formally announced today the contractors selected for both of their power plant projects in Odessa and Wharton, Texas.
General Contractor - the general contractor for both facilities is PCL/Teton Industrial Construction of Alpharetta, Georgia.("Typically, we direct hire and execute the work on an open shop basis, including all civil and structural steel, scaffold erection, heavy rigging, heavy mechanical equipment assembly and installation, and process pipe installation. In fact, we self perform 95 percent of the work we undertake. By using our own forces, we reduce our risk of performance and increase our control over the project schedule.")
Teton will be supported by MMR Group of Baton Rouge,(A merit shop) Louisiana for electrical work at both facilities.
Project Manger - Design Build Professionals of Matawan, New Jersey is the project manager for both projects.
The gas-fired, combined cycle power plants, Quail Run Energy Center in Odessa and Colorado Bend Energy Center southwest of Houston (Wharton) received their air permits from the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality in March. Each facility has been permitted to produce 550 megawatts each and will be constructed in two phases of 275 megawatts.
I only see out of state Labor used on their last job!
The new facilities will be designed using state-of-the-art emissions control technology that meets or exceeds all state and federal regulations for plants of this type. The initial staff on site for each project will consist of at least 14 highly-skilled employees and there will be between 150 and 200 employed at the peak of each construction phases.
Navasota Energy Partners LP is a Houston-based energy development and asset management company
Long time resident

Milton, MA

#13 May 10, 2008
I'm guessing some of the bloggers don't read or use the internet. A single car/light truck emits 5-6 tons of CO2 per year -- that's about 85,600 cars. And if you ask the developer outright, event what percentage the older plants will shut down, the answer is zero percenta (yes -- I did ask Mr. Fitzpatrick that question-I even also asked --well - how about after its operated for 1 year, 5 years, etc.---the answer was still zero). This is a old tale and already proven inaccurate. There are several construction opportunities coming in Billerica, keep your eyes open -- however, without water to give them (at the current reasonable Billerica rate that helps attract businesses), you can kiss your future income goodbye.
Spend some time, do some reading and research -- or keep the ostrich syndrome going (you know head in the sand and your backside exposed). Whatever works best.
And if this power plant is so good for you...why is the lead engineer for DG moving from his home (less than 2 miles from the proposed plant site)? Job change??-- really?-- he's been working at Epsilon for quite some time---and I've got some ocean front property in Arizona I'd love to sell too.

Dracut, MA

#14 May 14, 2008
Drove by the Lowell plant today and saw the Simplex Grinell crews there doing lots of work. Are they now union? Is this the same company making union labor promises in Billera?

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