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Bitcoin Mining: How to Protect Your Community from
this Energy-Intensive, Harmful Industry
Greenidge LLC, a privately owned fracked-gas plant in New York State, is generating energy to power an energy-intensive bitcoin mining operation.
They are also using Seneca Lake, a freshwater lake for plant cooling, affecting the temperature of the lake, fish viability, and surrounding ecology. Seneca Lake is the largest freshwater lake solely within New York State’s borders and serves as a drinking water source for over 100,000 people.
Greenidge has recently announced that it wishes to expand operations to other undisclosed locations. They are looking for old power plants near a body of water, and there are several that they have their eyes on. Is your community next? Get informed, and be prepared to protect your community against this harmful industry.
Residents are already experiencing noise pollution from the plant and this expansion stands to make it even worse. The EPA has shown that there are direct links between noise and health. Problems related to noise include stress-related illnesses, high blood pressure, speech interference, hearing loss, sleep disruption, and lost productivity.
This webinar features guests from Missoula County, Montana to speak about the impacts of Bitcoin mining in their community, and speakers from the Finger Lakes on the opposition to the Greenidge proposed expansion of their Bitcoin mining operations on the shore of Seneca Lake.
Come learn about the threat of Bitcoin (a type of cryptocurrency) mining operations like this one and a new trend of privately run "merchant gas plants".
• Mary Anne Kowalski, CTPFL
• Yvonne Taylor, SLG
• Diana Maneta, Missoula, MT
• Jennie Dixon, Missoula, MT
Jennie Dixon and Diana Maneta work for Missoula County, Montana, in the department of Community and Planning Services, where they developed zoning regulations for cryptocurrency mining operations that were adopted by the Missoula County Commissioners.
Jennie Dixon, A.I.C.P., is a land use planner for the Missoula County planning department where she has worked for nearly thirty years. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design and focuses her energy on integrating a sustainable built environment with the wildlands and scenic landscapes of the Rocky Mountain West.
Diana Maneta is Sustainability Program Manager for Missoula County, a position she has held since 2017. She holds a master’s degree in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley and has worked in the field of energy and sustainability for 15 years, including as Executive Director of the Montana Renewable Energy Association and as an advisor at the California Energy Commission.
Time: Apr 7, 2021 06:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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