Rallies For, Against Footprint Power Gas Plant Saturday in Salem

Groups will gather at the Salem Common Saturday to voice their opinions about Footprint Power's plan to convert the Salem Harbor Power Station to a natural gas plant.

A computer rendering of Footprint Power's proposed gas plant in Salem.
A computer rendering of Footprint Power's proposed gas plant in Salem.
Whether you're in favor of or against Footprint Power's plan to convert the Salem Harbor Power Station into a state-of-the-art natural gas plant, there will be a place for you to voice your opinion in Salem Saturday afternoon.

GASPP or Grassroots Against Another Salem Power Plant and Sustainable North Shore 350MA will host a 'Build Only the Best' Rally and Reception Saturday from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The event will begin at the Salem Common at 2 p.m. and a reception will follow at the Hawthorne Hotel with music from The Blue Hotel

Meanwhile, another group will gather for a counter-rally - Only the Best for Salem: Support the New Power Plant - at the Salem Common bandstand at 1:30 p.m. Those rallying in favor of the new plant will then "parade" to the plant, according to the group's Facebook page.

Will you be heading down to take part in either of the rallies on Saturday? Which side of the issue will you be on?

Let us know in the comments section below
5cents February 11, 2014 at 11:36 AM
Neighboring communities of the proposal gas plant need to pay attention. 1) the State is subsidizing the City of Salem with $3 M of RGGI money to cover fiscal obligations of the power plant, while the current owners pay only $1.56 M. This payment will continue annually until 2019. These are your tax dollars. 2) The particulate matter from the stacks will effect your air quality. 3) MA has 67% of its energy supply from burning gas; the time ripe for balancing this with renewable energy. 4) The ISO-NE allowed the existing coal plant to close. The slight energy shortfall projected for 1-2 years can be met with transmission upgrades. A 692 MW facility is overkill and 63 acres of waterfront can be put to better use.


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