stop the power plant
greenpoint williamsburg waterfront task force
Press Release

For Immediate Release:
October 28, 2003

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

News Release

TGE Rejects Alternate Site For Power Plant

Community Prepares For Trial

Brooklyn, NY -– In legal papers filed late Monday afternoon, TransGas Energy (TGE) rejected New York City's alternate site for a power plant. TGE will continue to pursue plans to build a 1,100 MW plant on the waterfront in Greenpoint-Williamsburg.

"Our efforts have been and will continue to be focused on stopping TGE's plans for the Bayside site," said Joan Dougherty, spokesperson for the Task Force. "This plant would jeopardize the redevelopment of Brooklyn's waterfront and threaten NYC's 2012 Olympic bid."

Dougherty continued, "The best way to meet the City's energy demands is through re-powering existing plants, investing in renewable technologies and energy conservation."

The trial to decide the fate of the project begins on Wednesday, November 12, 2003.

The Office of the Brooklyn Borough President and the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Waterfront Task Force will be represented by Victor Tafur of the PACE Energy Project.

Mr. Tafur said, "We have a very strong case. We will be presenting testimony about the negative effects TGE's plant would have on the health of the community, the environment and land use in the area."

The New York Public Interest Research Group will also be opposing the plant and will be represented by Lisa Garcia.

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: