Daily Freeman: Company that wants to build hydropower station near Ashokan Reservoir seeks new site for water source

We would like to clarify the headline in this reporting:

Premium Energy has said that they would look for a new location, but they have not rescinded their application located in the Catskills nor have they submitted a application with a new location. You can watch the full comments by Senator Michele Hinchey at this page.

We are watching what Premium Energy LLC does, not what they say.

OLIVEBRIDGE, N.Y. — The company that wants to create an underground hydroelectric power station near the Ashokan Reservoir will look for a new location to build a supplemental reservoir that would power the operation, state Sen. Michelle Hinchey said Thursday.

Hinchey, D-Saugerties, was among about 50 elected officials and environmental advocates who gathered Thursday morning at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge to voice opposition to the 2,800-megawatt power station proposed by Premium Energy Holdings of Walnut, Calif.

Hinchey said Premium’s president, Victor Rojas, “has promised that, because of our opposition, the three current proposals [for off-site reservoirs] will be rescinded, and a new alternative will be presented” as part of the company’s application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

But those who gathered Thursday would prefer the entire project be scrapped.

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