A new panel of judges struck down yet another appeal by an energy company that wants to build a power plant on the North Brooklyn waterfront last week, but the minds behind the gas and steam plant swear the fight isn’t over — again.
TransGas Energy Systems is planning another appeal after state Appellate Court judges unanimously dismissed the company’s proposal to construct a subterranean 1,110-megawatt power plant surrounded by parkland on the waterfront near N. 12th Street.
“We will be seeking [an] appeal — we’re working on it already,” said TransGas attorney John Dax, who told The Brooklyn Paper that constructing an electric and steam cogeneration plant on land that is slated to become Bushwick Inlet Park would reduce the cost of electricity, lower air emissions, and reduce the city’s dependence on foreign oil.
The judges Sept. 22 ruling affirmed a March 2008 decision that the initial rejection by the state’s power plant siting board was “not arbitrary, capricious, or an abuse of discretion,” because TransGas — which needs to lay pipes on and under city property — has refused to even attempt to gain necessary approvals from city officials.
Insiders doubt that the state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, will hear the latest TransGas appeal, meaning that the judges’ decision has likely cleared the way for work to begin on the 28-acre park after years of delays.
That’s why Borough President Markowitz cheered the court’s decision this week.
“This plan for a massive power plant with a 325-foot smokestack [is] nothing more than blight along the East River,” the Beep said. “We need to now move ahead and build the much-needed Bushwick Inlet Park, which will provide beautiful green space and access to the waterfront.”