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Project Could Dramatically Affect Our Area

A power company from Southern California called Premium Energy Holdings wants to create an enormous underground hydroelectric plant adjacent to the Ashokan Reservoir. If this project moves forward, the company would be digging into valleys in the towns of Olive or Shandaken and damming streams to create reservoirs as part of “pumped storage” for electricity to be generated using associated water transport tunnels. Tapping into any energy generated would require a massive new high power electric transmission network. New York needs clean energy, but this is not the way to go.

Listen to the Olive Town Board Meeting about this: Watch Video

Trout Unlimited of New York filed a Motion and seeks to protect the habitat of countless species – including native brook trout -- living in the Slide Mountain Wilderness Area which would be destroyed if the project comes to fruition. New York City and Woodstock have similarly filed Motions to Intervene. 

The proposed project is in the southern section of the Catskill Park which was the inspiration and home of famed author, angler, and conservationist John Burroughs.

Please send your comment no later than April 11th (when the comment period ends) to stop this project from destroying our area.  Please put "docket number P-15056-000" in the first paragraph of your comment. 

Follow the directions and submit your comment here: https://ferconline.ferc.gov/QuickComment.aspx

Here are sample comments you can copy/paste into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) online portal and make your comments part of the official record. Please use comment # 1 if you’re a resident of Olive or Shandaken; # 2 from those who live near or recreate at the Ashokan Reservoir but not in Olive or Shandaken.

# 1  As a resident of one of the towns that is being proposed by Premium Energy Holdings as a site for a large dam, reservoir, turbine, and tunnels for use in pumped storage and generation of electricity, I vigorously object to the proposal and request that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission deny Premium Energy Holding’s application for a preliminary permit. The proposed project is massive, intrusive, and if constructed, likely to damage local lands, roads, and streams and to cause increased turbidity in waters serving as an unfiltered drinking water source for nine million people in New York City. Please do everything in your power to prevent this proposal from moving forward. docket number P-15056-000

#2 As someone who recreates on the protected lands near the Ashokan Reservoir and the lands of New York State that are proposed by Premium Energy Holdings as a site for a large dam, reservoir, turbine, and tunnels for use in pumped storage and generation of electricity, I vigorously object to the proposal and request that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission deny Premium Energy Holding’s application for a preliminary permit. The proposed project is massive, intrusive, and if constructed, likely to damage local lands, roads, and streams and to cause increased turbidity in waters serving as an unfiltered drinking water source for nine million people in New York City. Please do everything in your power to prevent this proposal from moving forward. docket number P-15056-000