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Atlantic City opposes proposed PurGen coal plant in Linden

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The Atlantic City council Wednesday passed a resolution opposing the proposed PurGen coal plant, a proposal that included a plan that included pumping pressurized CO2 waste off the city's coast.

The council's action is being praised by the Sierra Club and Citizens United for Renewable Energy (CURE), two organizations that supported the resolution.

CURE member, Michael Diamond, was instrumental in getting the resolution on the council's agenda. Atlantic City is the first municipality to pass a resolution opposing the PurGen coal plant.

"The Sierra Club applauds the Atlantic City resolution in standing up for the environment," Jeff Tittel, the organization‘s director, said. The Atlantic City council understands the importance of protecting our oceans from chemical waste."

"We are thrilled that Atlantic City has taken this position. CURE members will be contacting our municipalities and councils to get this resolution passed around the state," Bettie Reina of CURE said. "This is just the beginning of the fight."

The $5 billion PurGen project was proposed by the Massachusetts company, SCS Energy. The coal plant which would also produce 25 percent of the nation's nitrogen fertilizer would be located in Linden. PurGen would use an experimental technology called carbon sequestration to pump pressured CO2 pollution through a 138-mile pipeline down the New Jersey coast. The waste would then be injected into the sea bed off the coast of Atlantic City.

"Atlantic City did the right thing for its citizens and the environment," Georgina Shanley of CURE said. "The Council drew a line in the sand, enough is enough."

Also on the council agenda was Atlantic City's agreement to install a wind resource monitoring station on Duck Island. The city already has 5 onshore wind turbines which provide 7.5 megawatts of energy.

"Atlantic City is on the forefront of wind energy in New Jersey and the nation," Christine Guhl, the Sierra Club organizer, said. "The council's resolution against PurGen is another example of the city's trailblazing efforts to support clean energy.


Comments (1)
1 Friday, 12 November 2010 23:32
Captain Joel S. Fogel, President, WATERWATCH International
City Council's Resolution #809 to oppose the PurGen project from Linden, NJ to pump CO2 into the water off of Atlantic City was the first municipality in New Jersey to oppose this project. The project which proposes to pump liquified carbon into holes under the ocean off our coastline, could have serious negative impacts for our area's environment and tourism.

This proposed project is an experiment which we don't need off of our shoretline.

In 1972 (38 years ago), a similar proposal to experiment with floating nuclear power plants off the Brigantine coastline was proposed by a large corporation.

As President of the ACCCE (Atlantic County Citizen Council for the Environment), our organization opposed that project on the grounds that the technology was unsafe and unproven. It was canceled because the City of Atlantic City and the State of New Jersey supported the opposition.

In this case, the concept of sequestering concentrated liquid carbon dioxide in underwater caverns for eternity, is completely untested. Our oceans are presently under enormous assault already by carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels. The carbon descends into our seas creating acidity on levels not presently seen in human history. The affects have been to create dead zones, devastating microbial growth which is the base of the food chain for most sea life and the producer of much of our oxygen.

As far as the affects on tourism on our region, one only need to reflect back on the 1980's when medical wastes washed up on the Jersey shores and tourists stopped visiting many of our resorts because of the perception of an unclean sea. Using our coastline as a waste depository would not help the image of our oceans as a clean and safe place to visit.


Capt. Joel S. Fogel
President, WATERWATCH International

Co-Chairman, Eco Tourism
The Greater Atlantic City Regional Tourism Council

Somers Point, NJ
Phone: 609 214 3967

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