No Newark Power Plant Candlelight Vigil
At Monday January 13th’s Newark City Council meeting it was revealed that city staff would make a decision “in the next 48-72 hours” on whether or not the proposed Data Center/Power Plant met the City of Newark zoning code. Residents had major concerns about this announcement, as they understood that Council was taking a more active role in the decision making on this given the profound importance of this decision and in light of some glaring missteps by city staff on this project in the past.
Over 200 Newark Residents, members of UD Community and Sierra Club members asked Newark City Council and staff to make the right decision and deny this zoning verification. We strongly feel the the proposed power plant does not meet the STAR Campus zoning code. Specifically, the power plant does not meet the “ancillary and customary” conditions of the zoning code for the STAR Campus; TDC’s own representatives have made clear that the financing of their project is contingent upon (not incidental to) being able to sell electricity. In addition, TDC has claimed that their business model is unique and the “first of its kind”, which by definition cannot be customary.
Just over 3 days later Newark announced on a Friday afternoon that they had indeed verified the TDC power plant zoning, despite concerns by residents and the environmental community. Newark Residents Against the Power Plant release this statement in response to that announcement. Newark Residents as well as the Sierra Club will continue to speak out against new fossil fuels power generation, new dangerous gas pipelines under homes and White Clay Creek and polluting industries so close to residential homes, schools, UD campus and health center. We will continue to support community members and do our best to ensure that environment justice is served.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014