UPDATE: December 18, 2018, Lieutenant Governor Hochul announced the latest round of Regional Economic Development awards, and Otsego 2000 was heartened to see that the Otsego County Industrial Development Agency’s ill-considered proposal for a $17.5 million gas plant in the Town of Oneonta was not accepted. This project, proposed by the IDA without consulting either the Town or the City of Oneonta governments or the populations in close proximity to the proposed site, was rife with errors and wildly inaccurate financial assumptions and never should have seen the light of day. Otsego 2000 stands with the Concerned Citizens of Oneonta in rejecting further dependence on and expansion of fossil fuels, and encourages the IDA and the County to develop a comprehensive energy plan centered on energy efficiency, conservation, and the development of renewable energy sources for the good of our region’s future.
The summer of 2018 brought the news of an ill-considered proposal from the Otsego County Industrial Development Agency (COIDA) to build a large fracked gas decompressor plant in the Town of Oneonta. This would greatly expand the number of compressed natural gas (CNG) tractor trailers traveling our county roads and increase use of fossil fuels at a time when it is more critical than ever to decrease our dependence on them.
The proposal, which was submitted without input or approval from the City or Town of Oneonta or their residents calls for a $17 million facility and is intended to attract heavy industry to a community whose comprehensive plan clearly opposes it. Otsego 2000 has been active in raising awareness among county leaders and legislators. We are calling upon the County to develop and adopt a comprehensive energy plan that emphasizes reducing energy consumption and waste, eliminating fossil fuel use wherever possible and increasing renewable energy resources where environmentally feasible.
You can read more about the actions we have taken by clicking on the links below.
Otsego 2000 Response to Mayor Herzig Letter, Oct. 18, 2018
Response from Mayor Herzig to 10-3-18 Correspondence
Correspondence on Behalf of Otsego 2000 Inc.to COIDA and Otsego County Bd of Reps 10 2 18
Attachments to Correspondence to COIDA and Otsego County Bd of Reps 10 2 18
Braymer Law Critique of COIDA Gas Plant Proposal Sept. 5, 2018