Fighting Power Plants in North Brooklyn

When TransGas Energy Systems (TGE) proposed construction of a 1,100-megawatt power plant on the Bushwick Creek Inlet on the East River, it galvanized the community. The Greenpoint/Williamsburg Waterfront Task Force, a coalition including over 60 community organizations, religious institutions and Brooklyn Community Board #1, was formed to stop the plant. To assist the effort, the Columbia University Environmental Law Clinic joined forces with GWAPP, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Community Board #1 and the Task Force to represent the community.

Our thanks to Norm Brodsky and City Storage for letting us hang this banner next to the proposed power plant site. Be sure to look for it from the east side of Manhattan or the FDR.

TGE, a limited liability corporation that was controlled by energy speculator Adam Victor, proposed to permit, construct and operate a 1,100-megawatt combined cycle power plant on the Greenpoint/Williamsburg East River waterfront where North 12th Street ends at Bushwick Creek Inlet. The plant would have included 300-foot smokestacks spewing more than 1,000 tons per year of toxic emissions into the local environment, increasing the area’s already high asthma rates and ruining city and state plans for parks and residential and commercial development on the waterfront.

The TGE power plant was eventually defeated, but it was only one of a long line of power plants and power generating facilities that were planned for the waterfront. Some, like the Con Edison power plant and the NISA power barge, were defeated, while others were not.

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