stop the power plant
greenpoint williamsburg waterfront task force
Press Release

For Immediate Release:
October 6, 2003

For More Information Contact:
Joan Dougherty - (917) 971-6336 or
Edward Vale - (631) 334-8191

News Release

Mayor Bloomberg Proposes "New" Site For TGE Power Plant

Brooklyn, NY - In legal papers filed last Monday, Mayor Bloomberg announced the City would support TransGas Energy's (TGE) proposed power plant if the project were relocated. The alternate site is at 400 Kingsland Avenue in Brooklyn, which is less than two miles from the original location.

"This is really more a sleight of hand than anything new," said Joan Dougherty of the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Waterfront Task Force, "all they did is take the same plant and move it two miles, leaving the community with identical health, pollution and environmental justice problems."

Dougherty continued, "We have our experts studying the "new" site and according to the City's documents there are major obstacles including:

  • The site is contaminated with an oil spill larger than the Exxon Valdez;
  • ExxonMobil never let the City enter the site and they only conducted a 'windshield study' of the environmental problems;
  • the City does not have a firm commitment from ExxonMobil to sell the site; and
  • a significant amount of studies and analyses still need to be performed."

Edward Vale of the PACE Energy Project said, "The best way to meet the City's energy demands is through re-powering existing plants, investing in renewable technologies and especially energy conservation."

Dougherty concluded, "I have spoken to many people in the neighborhood and they feel let down by the Mayor. They believe he does not care about Brooklyn because he wants to build this plant in an area that is already overburdened by waste transfer stations, sewage treatment plants and toxic contamination and has also closed the area's firehouse."

The Greenpoint/Williamsburg Waterfront Task Force (GWWTF) is a growing coalition of over 90 community groups, civic groups, religious organizations, businesses, schools and artists organized to stop the TGE project. For more information and a list of member organizations go to: