Skip to comments.Westfield Concerned Citizens continue fight against proposed $400M natural gas-fired power plant
Posted on 01/14/2012 11:05:41 AM PST by matt04
Armed with surgical masks and hand-made placards drawing attention to clean air, Westfield Concerned Citizens continued their opposition to a proposed 431 megawatt natural gas fired electrical generating plant here Thursday.
The group, which formed shortly after the $400 million plant was proposed in 2008 by Pioneer Valley Energy Center, was among more than 150 people at North Middle School attending a public hearing on a federal Environment Protection Agency pending air quality permit for the plant.
The mask makes a statement, said registered nurse Gail S. Bean of Westfield. The mask prevents toxins from entering the lungs, she explained while passing out the surgical masks to anyone who indicated support for the concerned citizens group.
Mary Ann Babinski, a founding member of the group, said We are asking EPA to deny the air quality permit based on evidence we have showing clean energy does not come from a smokestack.
(Excerpt) Read more at masslive.com ...
Remind me to not trust that nurse.
It’s just absolutely jaw-dropping how stupid people are getting.
So...tell me Mary Ann...where does clean energy come from?
If smoke stacks (On a gas fired plant? What smoke?) aren't your cup of tea then nuclear power generation is something you should get behind. Ohhhhh wait. You and your hippy cohorts poisoned that well decades ago. So...again I ask, where does clean energy come from?
I wonder where Westfield is located.
Simple solution, remove their electrical meters to their homes and businesses. Also make sure they are not using fossil fuels to heat their homes.
“On a gas fired plant? What smoke?”
What smoke stack?
Natural gas doesn’t require a ‘smoke stack’.
All it needs is a ‘vent pipe’.
No stack and no smoke.
Yep. These fools need the power to go out for a few days so they can fully understand their stupidity.
How many of them heat their homes with natural gas or oil?
That was actually Nurse Ratched.
As for Conn. residents and EPA - let ‘em freeze in the dark if they don’t build and operate the power plant.
I was ROFL at this, just knew it was MA! These fools are the first to start screaming during power outages to have their power turned back on.
Then I realized just how sad this truly is. These people don’t want want power plants. It is as simple as that. They staged the same protests over bioplants, and are forcing, with their buddies at the EPA, coal plants to shut down, when something like 80% of the power plants in the NE run on coal.
That's easy - it comes from those magic spots on the wall.
New York is currently suing PA for generating a lot of NYC’s power with coal.
Wouldn’t it be ironic if NY won?
NIBBY non-sense on steroids!
No matter how “Clean” any source of energy they will not want it built, particularly in their area.
NG is not “Clean” enough for them, Solar uses too many “rare earth” elements that have toxic residue, Windmills kill birds, Coal is “Dirty”, Nuclear is NUCLEAR!
Clearly Propane, or even Hydrogen, would not be “Clean” enough for them!
Let them freeze in the dark, it’s the only way they can prove their piety to the “Green” (Red) zealots!
It provides steam for heat and how water for WSU and I have yet to hear of people dying early due to being exposed to it.
Stuck on Stupid is only one of many names these idiots could be called
Out of all the different articles about this, every single one says that Gail S. Bean is a registered nurse.
Funny, the directory of registered nurses doesn’t have her name in it.
Knowing people who live in the Westfield area, the center of Westfield and major roadways have natural gas. Outside of that it is oil or propane.
Or maybe Harry Potter's wand. Yeah...I bet she'd like Harry Potter's wand. (He said as he opened the door for some jokester to step through...)
Perhaps the masks will better serve, to somewhat muzzle their voice.
Westfield is a few miles west of Springfield, Massachusetts.
And you’re not the only one who’s wondering, I’d reckon.
This is a pet peeve of mine. When one posts an article like this, why can’t they give some indication of WHERE the story is coming from? Example: why not “(Mass)” after the title?
Yep, Harry Potter’s wand and the Magic Spot. (opening the door even wider)
How many of the nitwits use gas stoves and propane grills?
***Armed with surgical masks and hand-made placards drawing attention to clean air,****
I’ve worked in a natural gas fired plant. These people are beyond stupid.
Westfield is in Massachusetts
That’s fine... No power plant, no electricity. You can make your own.
Quadruple their electric rates and institute rolling blackouts.
Even local papers should have a dateline with the proper location, I’m sure there are other surrounding cities in the area they report on that need to be clarified.
Anyway, thanks for giving the missing information. As far as the article goes, solar cell panels only work in the daytime and driving their cars pollute more than a natural gas fire power plant would. Turbines are very efficient with any fuel used and byproduct heat is usually used to make steam for other uses at a plant. I can’t think of anything more clean burning and cost effective than natural gas for power generation.
“So...again I ask, where does clean energy come from?”
DUH! Out of the wall socket! ( which is probably about as much as as the Tw*t knows about it)!
Just wait until they all drive home via their cars equipped with exhaust pipes.
Electricity is a SERVICE, it is neither an entitlement nor a right, CANCEL THERE SERVICE
The mask makes a statement, said registered nurse Gail S. Bean of Westfield. The mask prevents toxins from entering the lungs, she explained while passing out the surgical masks to anyone who indicated support for the concerned citizens group. “
What a drama queen. Perhaps she can wear her surgical mask in the dark.
I would love to see EVERY power company shut down simultaneously for an hour or so, just to give those wankers a taste of the world w/o power.
Let the damn yankees freeze ....... in the dark.
Well Mass has Romney/Obamacare which covers abortions at taxpayer expense. Shouldn’t be that difficult to get post partum abortions approved for mental defects reasons for this crew.
Ya know last summer all of San Diego County and Northern Baja lost power for about 24 hours due to some maintenance snafu in a Yuma, Az substation knocking a bunch of power plants offline. A couple of million people in the dark until power plants could be restarted and slowly brought back online.
Radio call-in shows were a very popular way to keep in touch with events. You wouldn’t believe how many called in to say that they noticed so many stars in the sky during the blackout besides the ones saying they were eating their ice cream from the freezer compartment before it melted.
Summertime, nighttime lows in the mid fifties at worst.
Nope, all of those energy forms produce carbon dioxide and fecal matter. I am sure they’d loudly protest such (while crapping in the street).
Sorry, but Healthgrades isn’t where you find the necessary information on a RN in MA....here’s the information you need:
License Number: RN146121
Profession: NURSING License Type: Nurse Practitioner (RN/NP)
Issue Date: Date of Last Renewal: 4/3/2010
License Status: Current Expiration Date: 4/28/2012
Reciprocity State: Today’s Date: 1/15/2012
Why would you want to waste perfectly good natural gas on power production, when you could be using gasified coal?
The Northeast somehow hasn't quite yet figured out that #2 fuel-oil is for diesels, natural gas is for home heating, coal and hydro are for power production.
“Funny, the directory of registered nurses doesnt have her name in it.”
Has it been established this is Massachusetts and not Connecticut? The “Pioneer Valley” (Conn. River) runs through both. Would have been nice for some indication in the OP.
Take names, turn off their power. Remove them from the grid and give them $100 to go buy their replacement solar panels.