Biomass plan draws protest

Some two dozen area residents from Vermont and Massachusetts demonstrated Saturday in opposition to a proposed 29.5-megawatt biomass electricity generating and wood pellet manufacturing facility in Pownal. Full Story
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Numbers

Bennington, VT

#1 Nov 14, 2010
If you love air pollutants such as (HAPS)-mercury, hydrogen chloride, particulate matter, carbon monoxide and dioxin/furans by all means please feel free to allow the biomass plant. Ya got to die from something right?
TruthTellert

Norwich, VT

#2 Nov 15, 2010
Numbers wrote:
If you love air pollutants such as (HAPS)-mercury, hydrogen chloride, particulate matter, carbon monoxide and dioxin/furans by all means please feel free to allow the biomass plant. Ya got to die from something right?
I love how you want to burn more oil and coal (which is worse the burning wood), make the terrorists richer, and leave the pollution on other states -- not to mention that fact that also you claim man-made chemicals are coming from Vermont trees, mr know-nothing who refuses to learn!

PS: Look up "trace" and apply it to the claims you make.
Fair Share

Auburn, MA

#3 Nov 15, 2010
The folks that are working to stop the proposed incinerator live in the particulate fallout zone where the public-health damage would be most acute.

It would not help them financially but rather hurt them and their families due to increased healthcare costs and reduced property values.

Mr. Tellert, however, if I understand correctly, doesn't live near the proposed incinerator site and is one of the few people in Vermont who will make money if Mr. Emero and Mr. Bousquet can pull the deal off.

It's easy to understand both sides here; folks want to protect their families and homes, and people want to make money. The folks who'll make money, however, won't be the ones who take the hit that allowing this biomass burner to go through will deal to the people of the Hoosic Valley.
Alyce Marie 226

Cooperstown, NY

#4 Nov 15, 2010
An "alternative" use of the race track......."intermittent " venues...hmm......Ms. Dewar do you have an "intermittent" job that supports the never ending tax hikes on property in Pownal? And where do YOU work, in Pownal?? Bet you don't!
Doreen in Pownal

Bennington, VT

#5 Nov 15, 2010
It was very heartening to see so many people give the protesters the thumbs up. I imagine the numbers will simply grow.

I find the statement by Beaver Wood Energy that the 180' smoke stack will not, "overly offend the sensibilities of the average person," to be quite remarkable. They vastly underestimate all of us, along with the high standards of our 'sensibilites'.

No permit, should be issued for any kind of work to be done at the race track until independent experts can measure the impact of this proposed incinerator, especially in terms of health issues, water usage, and increased heavy truck traffic.
Numbers

Bennington, VT

#6 Nov 15, 2010
TruthTellert show me where I sais I want to burn more oil and coal! PROVE IT!
Numbers

Bennington, VT

#7 Nov 15, 2010
TruthTellert Biomass is dirtier than coal because biomass has a lower heating value than fossil fuels. Combustion releases many toxic metals including lead and mercury as well as dozens others. You say it's not so? PROVE IT!
DummerNDogDoo

Harwich, MA

#8 Nov 15, 2010
They had a concert at this track back in '96. Since then they have the Shriners playing a little bingo and one annual car show. This is what the protesters want to see go on at this huge facility? Combined these activities wouldn't generate enough revenue to paint half of the grandstand. Good luck with that.
Worse Than Coal

Becket, MA

#9 Nov 15, 2010
Here is a link to a recent Mass study indicating Wood Power plants are worse polluters than coal:
http://tinyurl.com/2d8qm24

The American Lung Association gives Berkshire County, right across the border from Pownal, an "F" for its ozone pollution levels
Numbers

Bennington, VT

#10 Nov 15, 2010
BIOMASS is just another get rich quick scheme! TAKE tax dollars then POLLUTE the hell out of the TAXPAYERS!
chloe

Westfield, MA

#11 Nov 15, 2010
Opposition to this plant is justified for all the reasons mentioned, and must always include the impact on the river from which they intend to withdraw huge amounts of water to cool the plant. Sucking up the river water and then replacing a little of it with warmer, dirtier water affects the health of the river for its entire course, not just in Pownal. The rush to get the "shovel in the ground" is all about the huge financial benefits to the developers. Biomass as an energy source worthy of subsidies is being shot down all over the place as inefficient and an environmental disaster. Hang in there, Vermont, oppose biomass and insist on truly clean and green alternative energy sources.
Numbers

Bennington, VT

#12 Nov 15, 2010
EPA'S MACT rule will help the air but what will help the river, land and all that live in and on it? Given an inch these Biomass people will take a mile. It's all about the get rich and get gone. They don't care what they do to the Earth and every living thing as long as there is a big profit that they can pocket. Don't think for a minute that they are here to help us. They are here to hurt us and at our cost.

Don't let them do it people!
valleygirl

Wilbraham, MA

#13 Nov 15, 2010
I wish the Banner had a picture to go with this article.
loves poverty

Bennington, VT

#14 Nov 15, 2010
It's so fun to work at entertainment/tourism jobs! Low wages, almost always part-time with pro-rated or no benefits at all, working holidays and weekends, with no potential for advancement or raises, yes , please please please bring that to Pownal. Nothing would make most of us happier than to be waiting tables, parking cars, or cleaning the toilets for all the "tourists" we'd draw. And the Swallow Hill/Northwest Hill/ Williams College crowd could gaze down upon us from their houses on the hills and live happily ever after, knowing that their places in society were secured and so are the places of the tourist industry workers. Ms. Dewar, will you wait tables with us? Scrub a toilet with Comet and a pair of rubber gloves? We'd sure love to have you!Always room for more service people! I am waiting in line to be the first person to fill out an application for one of those entertainment jobs. After all, I live in Pownal so I must be far too dumb to operate a computer, hold an intelligent conversation or work at a decent job, right, Mr. Kauppi and Mr. Bission?
snugli

Bennington, VT

#15 Nov 15, 2010
I am getting a kick out of all the "Williamstown" activism.Williamstown is a community that has "For Sale" signs dotting almost every lawn of almost every street because the working-class taxpayer cannot continue to pay higher and higher property taxes. The town has lost almost all its' industry and its' biggest employer, Williams College, a player in this game, is also the biggest source of the tax increases. As a college, they pay no tazes nor do they pay a "payment in lieu of taxes." Everytime they buy a piece of property and use it for education purposes, it comes OFF the tax rolls.Many of the Williamstown folks against the biomass are employees of the college. They have made Williamstown impossible for blue-collar families to live in, what the heck, why not create the same situation in Pownal? None of us wanted to work anyway. The more gas prices go up, the more I want to commute to Pittsfield or Rutland or Wilmington or Hoosick Falls or Bennington to find...oh, wait, no jobs there either!
nope

Granville, NY

#17 Nov 15, 2010
loves poverty wrote:
It's so fun to work at entertainment/tourism jobs! Low wages, almost always part-time with pro-rated or no benefits at all, working holidays and weekends, with no potential for advancement or raises, yes , please please please bring that to Pownal. Nothing would make most of us happier than to be waiting tables, parking cars, or cleaning the toilets for all the "tourists" we'd draw. And the Swallow Hill/Northwest Hill/ Williams College crowd could gaze down upon us from their houses on the hills and live happily ever after, knowing that their places in society were secured and so are the places of the tourist industry workers. Ms. Dewar, will you wait tables with us? Scrub a toilet with Comet and a pair of rubber gloves? We'd sure love to have you!Always room for more service people! I am waiting in line to be the first person to fill out an application for one of those entertainment jobs. After all, I live in Pownal so I must be far too dumb to operate a computer, hold an intelligent conversation or work at a decent job, right, Mr. Kauppi and Mr. Bission?
Huh?
wow

Granville, NY

#18 Nov 15, 2010
loves poverty wrote:
It's so fun to work at entertainment/tourism jobs! Low wages, almost always part-time with pro-rated or no benefits at all, working holidays and weekends, with no potential for advancement or raises, yes , please please please bring that to Pownal. Nothing would make most of us happier than to be waiting tables, parking cars, or cleaning the toilets for all the "tourists" we'd draw. And the Swallow Hill/Northwest Hill/ Williams College crowd could gaze down upon us from their houses on the hills and live happily ever after, knowing that their places in society were secured and so are the places of the tourist industry workers. Ms. Dewar, will you wait tables with us? Scrub a toilet with Comet and a pair of rubber gloves? We'd sure love to have you!Always room for more service people! I am waiting in line to be the first person to fill out an application for one of those entertainment jobs. After all, I live in Pownal so I must be far too dumb to operate a computer, hold an intelligent conversation or work at a decent job, right, Mr. Kauppi and Mr. Bission?
You realize that you COULD get an associates degree BEFORE this place even opens, right? You COULD land a better job if you don't want to wait on table, or scrub toilets.

No, you would rather play the lottery with the tiny amount of jobs this place MAY offer, and complain about people that went on to a 2, 4 or 8 year degree program.

Take a look at yourself and if you are happy with who you are, or what you do, then fine. If you are a bitter person that thinks YOU deserve what other people worked hard for, then go on and keep complaining. Nobody is going to listen to you.

Actually, you may have a couple fans. There are others like you:

TruthTellert
GreenMtnBoy
Alice

The sit around and wait, people.
Alyce Marie 226

Hartford, CT

#19 Nov 15, 2010
First of all, 2 dozen people does not a protest make & guess what?? I couldn't just sit around & wait for a job to happen in Pownal, I am working! Guess where? Williamstown!!
Concerned

Bennington, VT

#20 Nov 15, 2010
Alyce Marie 226 wrote:
First of all, 2 dozen people does not a protest make & guess what?? I couldn't just sit around & wait for a job to happen in Pownal, I am working! Guess where? Williamstown!!
Not surprising, as Mass has the power she needs so jobs are more plentiful.

To "Worse that Coal". Well I guess we had all better stop using wood to heat our homes. Can you suggest an alternative?
Bill

Bennington, VT

#21 Nov 15, 2010
get an education and you can stop cleaning toilets and waiting tables, and get the education in a field that could use you, I would not suggest english lit, history, art history, philosophy, should I go on,,,,,,,,,,I am so sick of the whining....

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