Rhode Island’s Energy Facility Siting Board is holding a public comment meeting at Charlestown Elementary School Dec. 5 so residents can weigh in on the water supply for a proposed natural gas power plant in Burrillville.
The project, called the Clear River Energy Center, still needs approval from the siting board to begin construction.
Invenergy, the plant's developer, previously announced the Narragansett Indian Tribe as a backup water source to cool the facility. The tribal land is a part of the lower Wood River aquifer in the Pawcatuck Watershed.
However, Charlestown shares that aquifer with the tribe. The town requested to intervene in the power plant’s application because they don't know how the water agreement will effect its residents.
The siting board is allowing the town’s intervention, but only on issues pertaining to water supply.
The public hearing is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. in the school's gymnasium.
The hearing will be followed up with a public comment meeting at Burrillville High School on Dec. 6. The final hearing for the project is expected to begin Dec. 8 at 9:30 a.m. at the Public Utilities Commission building in Warwick.
This post has been updated.