Meeting discusses proposed power plant near Oxford airport

OXFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Emotions ran high at Oxford High School Thursday night as the state’s siting council held a public meeting to discuss a Competitive Power Ventures’ controversial plan for a natural gas power plant.

“I think the concern for our health and safety far outweighs the need for jobs,” said one person who stepped up to speak at the meeting.

The site sits off of Woodruff Hill Road and the plant is an idea that isn’t being received warmly by all. Some argue the the plant will create pollution that would be hazardous to the health of those who live in the area. But at the meeting, officials with the company were given the chance to make their case.

“The region was determined to be short of capacity,” said Competitive Power Ventures representative Andrew Bazinet. “CPV made a conscious decision to move the project forward.”

It was an argument many also agreed with, saying they think the project will brings jobs and more domestically produced energy to Connecticut.

The plan to build a power plant in Oxford is nothing new. In fact, 15 years ago a 500-megawatt plant was approved to be built; however, because those behind the project now want to make the plant 800-megawatts, it requires the approval of the siting council.

Officials with Competitive Power Ventures say they hope to begin construction on the project at the end of 2015. They add it will take two years to finish the job.

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