The State, EPA, and DEC already consider parts of Dover, NY environmentally and financially disadvantaged. The town is now overburdened by dirty industrials and potentially more power & utility facilities projected for 2023 and beyond. Our goal is to raise awareness and remind residents that they have a right to participate in public town matters and voice any concerns they may have regarding these potential projects.
with approx. 8,700 residents
1,100 MW Gas-Fired Power Plant
as well as a major pipeline, high voltage lines and a gas compressor facility
power & utility facilities
on the way...
within 2,500' of Dover High and Middle School
Grocery Stores, Medical Facilities, and Town Center
We are asking...
For our town representatives, including Supervisor Richard Yeno, Planning Board Chairman Ryan Courtien, and the Planning Board to prioritize resident, small business, farms and the environment over industrial infrastructure. We do not want to be home to a cluster of power facilities whether "heavy" or "light," as mentioned in the town's adopted Comprehensive Plan. There is a mega cluster of industrials proposed for an area that is right near our schools, farms, and many residences. And it stands to continue to destroy the scenic drive through Cricket Hill.
Supervisor Richard Yeno, Planning Board Chairman Ryan Courtien, and the Planning Board Members must prioritize the people of Dover, our health, safety, quality of life, our property values, and the environment.
Put Dover Residents first.
Every minute the town spends on considering proposed industrial facilities is time that doesn't get spent prioritizing a grocery store and small business. We want to be a thriving community, with economic opportunity, protected natural resources, and engaged citizens. A community in which people want to live and raise their families. Many of us drive out of Dover to do business, which means our money is being spent elsewhere. We ask the town to stop wasting time and tax dollars with power & utility companies. The majority of us don't need them, want them, nor feel that we tremendously benefit from them.
The potential industrial facilities for Dover, NY:
All project information was gathered using public records and the Doverny.us site
To the best of our knowledge, this information is accurate and up to date. If the Town would like to give us additional specifics we would be happy to update our information for the public.
NY TRANSCO/Con Ed
Status: Previously approved by the Dover Planning Board on 02/06/23. Concerned Citizens of Dover, Friends of the Great Swamp, and The Oblong Land Conservancy challenged the approval of this project in Supreme Court. On 08/28/23, the Town's approval of this project was annulled/reversed by Hon. Thomas Davis. see court decision HERE
UPDATE 11/17/23: Transco has submitted to return to the Planning Board on 11/20/2023 to begin a continued review.
Located at 2238 Route 22 - 16.3 acres / 8.3+ utilized for the proposed facility, is cross from Cricket Valley Energy Center Gas Plant
New York Transco, a subsidiary of National Grid and Con Edison is proposing a substation facility, which would include:
(4) 140-145' Transmission Towers, (3) Transformers
(9) 90' tall lighting masts and heavy electrical equipment
High voltage power lines, strung across Cricket Hill Rd., connecting to the Con Edison power lines.
The facility is the size of three football fields.
The proposed site is a former automotive junkyard that has never been properly remediated, and is full of buried debris.
HYDROGEN GENERATION PLANT
Status: They are in the planning stage, and submitted an EAF (an Environmental Assessment Form, the initial step in the application process) see HERE and a conceptual site plan see HERE. We are not aware of any activity in recent months, but we continue to monitor the potential project until we receive difinitive confirmation regarding whether the application has been withdrawn or not.
Located at 18 Vincent Road on an 18.4 -acre parcel - next to Cricket Valley Gas Plant.
The Town states that the property is not zoned for this project, and that they will not permit it. We must ensure that Town does not grant any variances, or waivers.
It is estimated that the facility will draw nearly 200,000 gallons of water per day from our aquifer, our only water source.
There are concerns about not only depleting the water source but contaminating it.
The aquifer sits in a valley, which can lead to contamination from nearby polluted wells above the valley (i.e. the contaminated well at Dover High School), and nearby "dirty sites."
May use dirty grid power, to make Hydrogen to feed into the pipeline.
It is proposed that wastewater from the facility will be discharged into the Swamp River which connects to the Ten Mile River.
ENHANCEMENT BY COMPRESSION (eXc Project)
Status: We are awaiting a decision by the NYS DEC (Dept. of Environmental Conservation), whether they will approve or deny the proposed project. If they approve, we are prepared to challenge the decision.
Located at 186 Dover Furnace Road, 2,500 feet from Dover High and Middle School.
The project calls for an additional 12,000 hp gas-fired turbine with associated cooling, filter separators, and other facilities connecting to Iroquois’ existing 24-inch- diameter mainline and expansion of the existing compressor station fence line within the property boundary.
Iroquois is proposing to more than double the capacity of this site in our small town.
CRICKET VALLEY ENERGY
Status: The DEC is currently reviewing the renewal Title V/Air Permit for CVE. The renewal is subject to new laws enacted under CLCPA and amendments to the Environmental Conservation Law. These new laws are intended to reduce emissions, and protect communities like Dover that have been identified by New York State as “Disadvantaged Communities.” Once the DEC review is complete, there will be a public comment period.
Located at 2241 Route 22. Dover, NY 12522. Located 2,500 feet from Dover High and Middle School.
Cricket Valley Energy Center is a 1,100 mW gas-fired power plant. It was approved in 2012, and construction completed in 2019. The power plant began operations in 2020, and is a major air emission source.
What's the big deal?
The majority of these large power projects are within a 1/2 mile radius of our high school, middle school, homes, farms, businesses, nature preserves & wetlands, and water sources.
They’re also right next to The Great Swamp. It is a designated National Interior Landmark and a precious asset to our Town.
Some of these proposed projects like NY Transco/Con Ed will involve heavy construction, drilling, blastings and disturbance of potentially toxic/contaminated soil which can create runoff into adjacent ditches, streams, wetlands, ponds, and our water wells.
Not to mention, we’ll have a major gas pipeline, natural gas transmission facility, critical high voltage lines, and a major power plant all in the same location. What if there was an accident or even an intentional attack? What would happen to us? We currently operate under a Volunteer Fire Department - while these events are considered rare, we should be fully prepared and feel that Dover should have a Full-time Fire Department paid for by power companies like Cricket Valley Energy.
This is a view from our neighbor's window on Cricket Hill...
If the NY TRANSCO/Con Ed project moves forward, a massive electrical substation will be built right across the way. The view you see in the red outline will be comprised of the new substation and the billowing stacks right behind it.
NY TRANSCO has proposed installing:
(3) transformers up to 60' ft. in height.
(3-4) 140-145' ft. transmission towers
(9) 90' ft. lighting masts and heavy electrical equipment
These companies are destroying the natural beauty of our town and compromising our property values, and are permanently degrading our region.
Did you know...
Frequently, such companies pay a negligible amount or no property tax at all. In the case of Transco, both the company and the Planning Board affirmed that this project would pay full the property tax amount of $1.8 million annually. However, in the Final Resolution approving the project at the eleventh hour, the Planning Board added a provision allowing Transco to apply for a PILOT (Payment In-Lieu of Taxes) immediately. The reason why the Town would agree to this remains unclear.