Plant will hurt Sheffield, neighbors

Plant will hurt Sheffield, neighbors

There are 12 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Apr 23, 2008, titled Plant will hurt Sheffield, neighbors. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

Century Acquisition proposes to build and operate an asphalt plant at its gravel mining/concrete facility off Clayton Road on the border between Canaan, Ct.

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Beagle

Clockville, NY

#1 Apr 23, 2008
<<The writer is president, Citizens Against Asphalt>>
The insanity has no boundaries! And sure this moron is begging for donations!!!!
What a parasite!
Otto Schmidlap

Haydenville, MA

#2 Apr 23, 2008
Beagle wrote:
<<The writer is president, Citizens Against Asphalt>>
The insanity has no boundaries! And sure this moron is begging for donations!!!!
What a parasite!
She is president of Citizens Against Everything. This type of liberal lunatic would have us ride horses on dirt roads.
The way it is

Albany, NY

#3 Apr 23, 2008
NIMBY's are everywhere.
Brian

AOL

#4 Apr 23, 2008
Given the data on the all of the pollution that would result, as well as the health risks involved, I would think any sane resident of the Berkshires would be opposed to having this plant situated anywhere within 100 miles of them. I also note that the usual Bush-loving, cranky characters who have posted before me are always quick to condemn people who aren't bent of the further destruction of our country. I guess Albany, Williamstown, and Williamsburg (where is THAT?) are far from any risk here.
Dave

Lynn, MA

#5 Apr 23, 2008
I would be happy if citizens would be equally as upset about the PCB contamination in the Housatonic River. If people were sincerely concerned about the environment and health of our citizens, they would be up in arms over GE's proposal to clean (actually the bottom line is "not clean") the rest of the river.
Are you kidding me

United States

#6 Apr 23, 2008
Are you serious? 375,000 tons a year?? I don't know where you are getting your figures...but I'm quite sure that they are not accurate. I would venture to say that if you combined Lane Const.Co's 3 Berkshire Co. Asphalt plants the total tonnage is less than half of what you report this one plant can produce.

And if it could produce this volume...where's it going to go? I'm not aware of any interstates in that corner of CT or MA. Routes 7 & 41 have been paved in the last 5 years... the total tonnage on those projects (over three years) was less than 40,000 tons.

Based on the fact that you have inflated (to the point of fantasy) this one claim in your letter to the editor...I can only conclude that the other points you raise are just as inaccurate.

You should be ashamed of yourselves for "throwing" this kind garbage out to the public hoping that it will stick.
Granny

New Milford, NY

#7 Apr 23, 2008
Brian is correct; Albany, Williamstown and Williamsburg are nowhere near the site.

I do not know the writer, but I do know the Sheffield coordinators, and I can assure everyone that neither of them are morons. In fact, quite the opposite. I tend to not pay too much attention to such things as a rule, because there are way too many people with their "hair on fire" whenever change is advocated. However, given the quality of Ms. Miller and Ms. Wood, I will need to give some thoughtful consideration. I hope my fellow Sheffield residents will do so, as well.
Are you kidding me

United States

#8 Apr 23, 2008
It's really in Sheffields best interest to see this plant open. 95% of the blacktop that ends up in NW CT. comes down it's main street from Lane Const. Co's Sheffield & Lenoxdale, Ma plants.
This isn't (blacktop) an expanding market...there are no new roads or large scale construction projects that this plant is going to service. With that said, the material is either going to come out of Lane Const. Sheffield Plant (6 miles up the road in the town of Sheffield) or the proposed plant on the Canaan/Sheffield line. But at the end of the day it's a question of how big a piece of the pie one or the other gets. The pie is not going to get bigger.
The Clemente's (Century Acquisitions) stand to do well if this plant goes in. They have no union help and their mining operation (two very large parts of their operating cost) is next door. I would guess that they would be selling mix at 15-20% less than the competition...
My take on it is whether the folks of Sheffield want blacktop made on the north end of town or the south end of town. For reasons unsaid, I would prefer that things stay as they are...
I find it very frustrating when people write letters to the editor and take data out of context and pass it for fact. Only to have it read from folk like "Brian from AOL" to say "but given the data"...what data?? The data is BS.
Ramdan

Norfolk, CT

#9 Apr 23, 2008
Granny wrote:
Brian is correct; Albany, Williamstown and Williamsburg are nowhere near the site.
I do not know the writer, but I do know the Sheffield coordinators, and I can assure everyone that neither of them are morons. In fact, quite the opposite. I tend to not pay too much attention to such things as a rule, because there are way too many people with their "hair on fire" whenever change is advocated. However, given the quality of Ms. Miller and Ms. Wood, I will need to give some thoughtful consideration. I hope my fellow Sheffield residents will do so, as well.
That is an awful lot of tonnage!
The pollution figures came from old plants no doubt
Consider the jobs created by this company,and ask for their projected figures prior to copping the not in my back yard attitude!
Use your heads,people around the other plants in the region do not seem to be dropping dead at a higher rate than the people in surrounding towns!
David Brinkley

Springfield, MA

#10 Apr 23, 2008
What ever happened to that cement plant that was proposed just over the NY line a couple a years ago ?
Otto Schmidlap

Springfield, MA

#11 Apr 23, 2008
Brian wrote:
Given the data on the all of the pollution that would result, as well as the health risks involved, I would think any sane resident of the Berkshires would be opposed to having this plant situated anywhere within 100 miles of them. I also note that the usual Bush-loving, cranky characters who have posted before me are always quick to condemn people who aren't bent of the further destruction of our country. I guess Albany, Williamstown, and Williamsburg (where is THAT?) are far from any risk here.
You swilley little jerk...what does President Bush have to do with this lunacy? You jerks lost the last two elections and you and you anti everything friends are the reason the northeast is in decline.These numbers are nothing more that crap from an idiot who hugs trees and eats grainola bars. Just look at the proposed cement plant in New York. You south county commies torpedoed that too with the same old envronmental garbage. We need cement and blacktop we don't need idiots like you.
Ramdan

Holyoke, MA

#12 Apr 26, 2008
Brian wrote:
Given the data on the all of the pollution that would result, as well as the health risks involved, I would think any sane resident of the Berkshires would be opposed to having this plant situated anywhere within 100 miles of them. I also note that the usual Bush-loving, cranky characters who have posted before me are always quick to condemn people who aren't bent of the further destruction of our country. I guess Albany, Williamstown, and Williamsburg (where is THAT?) are far from any risk here.
I live fairly close to an asphalt plant in my town and no one has reported any negative health effects that I am aware of!
This is just another case of not in my backyard!
The jobs are the stimulus and unless you can create the same number of jobs,why don't you butt out and go find a tree that needs a hug!

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