September 30, 2014
Corning – Congressman Tom Reed (R) is speaking out against the Sierra Club and Ratepayers and Community Interveners, who have filed a lawsuit against the Dunkirk NRG conversion in Chautauqua County. NRG, a power plant in Dunkirk, has been hoping to go from coal to natural gas.
Reed says that the Sierra Club has endorsed Martha Robertson and contributed thousands to her campaign, and that the Ratepayers and Community Interveners group consists of 51 members, primarily residing in Tompkins County, that have donated over $10,000 dollars to Martha Robertson’s campaign.
Seth Stein, Martha Robertson’s spokesperson, responded with the following statement:
“Yet again, Congressman Tom Reed continues to make false negative attacks on Martha’s record. Martha is an independent leader who backed the plan to convert NRG to natural gas in Dunkirk. The Sierra Club endorsed Martha Robertson because they know she will fight to protect our drinking water, and she is not paid for the oil and gas special interests that fund Congressman Reed’s campaign.”
Robertson is on the record as wanting to keep the NRG plant open, wanting it to become co-fire coal with bio-mass, instead of natural gas. Click here to read a story about that, that was posted on her website, in June.