Catskill Mountainkeeper is fighting a proposed steel & concrete plant near Onteora Lake and adjacent to the Bluestone Wild Forest, and we need your help.
Earlier this year, the Town of Kingston Planning Board received an application to permit a very large steel and concrete fabrication plant on Route 28 in the Town of Kingston, adjacent to Onteora Lake, Pickerel Pond, and the Bluestone Wild Forest. At the same time, the Open Space Institute was just completing a purchase of over 200 acres contiguous to the proposed concrete plant, with the goal of constructing new hiking and mountain biking paths on gorgeous nearby forest lands and eventually adding this parcel to the Catskill Park and Forest Preserve.
Unfortunately, the company, 850 Route 28 LLC's permit application didn't even acknowledge the nearby protected lands or how important the lands are to the public. As the result of omission, Catskill Mountainkeeper believes this application is inadequate and incomplete.
Based on the incomplete permit application, the Town of Kingston Planning Board issued a Negative Declaration under the State Environmental Quality Review Act, essentially stating the plant would have no environmental impacts and thus short-circuiting the environmental review process.
Since that decision, Catskill Mountainkeeper, the Woodstock Land Conservancy, and local grassroots advocates have been requesting that the town reverse the "Neg Dec" and conduct a full and rigorous environmental review of the proposal.
To fight this plant and make our voices heard, we're asking you to sign and share an online petition "Town of Kingston Planning Board -- Keep Onteora Lake and the Bluestone Wild Forest Pristine." You can read more and sign the petition here.
This is an issue of protecting the Catskill Park, and the goal is to let all who love Onteora Lake, Pickerel Pond, and the Bluestone Wild Forest defend these irreplaceable treasures!
Thank you for acting to protect the Catskills!
Ramsay Adams, Executive Director