Greenidge Bitcoin Mining

Greenidge is an old coal power plant with an already bad environmental history. Once mothballed, it was converted to a gas fired plant for use as a “peaker plant”- toonlybe used when excess energy was needed by the public, and not run continually. Now, its out of state owners at Atlas Holdings want to expand operations by proposing an increase of 700% from historical use for a privately owned bitcoin operation which would consume enough power to fuel 93,000 homes. That’s bigger than 2 of Amazon’s immense data centers; all so 2 Private Equity guys in Connecticut can generate 5 bitcoins per day. Greenidge is using a 67-year old steam turbine that operates at 35% efficiency and should have been retired decades ago (by comparison modern turbines operate at 65% efficiency).

Negative Impacts of this expansion include:
- Increased Harmful Algal Blooms on Seneca Lake
- Harm to aquatic life in the lake
- Increased noise that travels throughout county and across the lake
- Negative impact on tourism and the overall economy of the Finger Lakes
- Reduced property values in Yates County and beyond
- Reduced tax base in Yates County, negatively impacting county services including fire, police, schools
- Increased greenhouse gas emissions, with no regulation, in the midst of climate crisis
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DEC Rally

June 5th, 2021 - 2pm - 4pm

It is time for us to call on the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to do its job. Please join us on Saturday, June 5th from 2-4 at DEC Regional Headquarters in Avon, NY 6274 East Avon-Lima Rd., Avon, NY 14414-9519

Greenidge Generation LLC is a natural gas power plant that's mining cryptocurrency on an industrial scale, and Greenidge aims to expand its operations in a small, rural town in the heart of the Finger Lakes, situated on the west side of Seneca Lake. They are also using Seneca Lake for plant cooling, affecting the temperature of the lake, fish viability, and surrounding ecology.

Greenidge has recently announced that it wishes to expand operations to other undisclosed locations.

Join us at the rally to stop this private Bitcoin operation from burning more fossil fuels and emitting more GHGs in a community that depends on fresh air and clean water for our personal health and for the health of our vibrant agricultural tourist economy.

Important Organizational Sign On Letter

Climate Busting Cryptocurrency

We urge you to sign on to this letter urging New York to take a pause and study the impacts that proof of work cryptocurrency mining has on climate, air, water, and health before it expands across the state. If this issue is not yet on your radar, it absolutely must be now.

Connections: A debate over crypto currency

Listen

Crypto currency has made significant gains in the last six months and is more popular than ever. But to obtain certain forms of currency like Bitcoin, mathematical experts have to perform complex computer equations.

We discuss how it works, why they there is opposition, and why crypto has been so hot.

What is cryptocurrency mining?

Simply put, cryptocurrency is created as many machines all work to solve the same mathematical equation, or puzzle. The first machine to solve the problem wins. The more machines you have working on the same puzzle, the greater the chances you have of profiting.

Town of Torrey Planning Board Approved Greenidge Site Plan in 4-1 Vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Town Of Torrey Planning Board Votes To Approve Greenidge’s Buildout Of Bitcoin On Seneca Lake

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that last night, the Town of Torrey Planning Board completely ignored the concerns raised by the community and their legal right to take a number of steps to review the Greenidge build out, and instead voted 4-1 to approve Greenidge's site plan.

Cryptocurrency Mining, An Emerging and Unregulated Industry?

LISTEN: WRFI Radio and Peter Mantius

Greenidge Generation LLC is a natural gas power plant that’s mining cryptocurrency on an industrial scale, and Greenidge aims to expand its operations.Torrey is a small, rural town in the heart of the Finger Lakes, situated on the west side of Seneca Lake.The Planning Board is reviewing a site plan application for Greenidge at it’s meeting on April 19th.

URGENT: GREENIDGE RALLY

SATURDAY, APRIL 17TH 2:00 PM DRESDEN NY

We learned over the weekend that the Torrey Town Board, despite what they said at their last meeting (about holding a special meeting for Greenidge later in the month), has rather quietly MOVED THE MEETING UP TO APRIL 19TH.

Please Join Us for a peaceful, family friendly rally THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 17TH AT 2:00 PM IN DRESDEN

Town of Torrey Pulls a Fast One on GREENIDGE Decision

SWITCHES DATE FROM ANNOUNCED 4/26 MEETING TO 4/19
Groups, Public must act quickly

According to reporters and citizens who attended the Town of Torrey Planning Board’s last meeting, the Board announced then that the site plan application for Greenidge facility’s fracked gas powered Bitcoin mining expansion would be discussed during a special meeting on April 26th. The fate of this project lies in their hands. Now, depending on how one searches the Town’s website, concerned citizens will either discover a notification that the Greenidge meeting is going to be held on a new date of April 19th

Webinar Recording: Bitcoin Mining/Cryptocurrency - Ideas from Missoula MT

Ways to protect your community and environment and Background on Greenidge Generation on Seneca Lake

Thanks to all who participated in Wednesday's Webinar on Cryptocurrency Mining.  If you would like to review it, or for those of you who missed it you can watch it here.

Bitcoin Mining: How to Protect Your Community from this Energy-Intensive, Harmful Industry

FREE Webinar April 7 at 6:30pm EST

PLEASE Invite Others (please share this event with key leaders in your community, friends and family for an excellent opportunity to learn from Diana Maneta and Jennie Dixon of Missoula, MT, two individuals who were instrumental in developing zoning regulations on Bitcoin for their county

Demand A Moratorium On Bitcoin Mining In NY And The US

Urgent Call To Action On Climate: Please Share Widely

Please call Governor Cuomo 1-518-474-8390 and ask that he require his DEC to complete a full Environmental Impact Statement for the Greenidge Bitcoin Mining Project on Seneca Lake. Ask him to commence an adjudicatory hearing to better understand the issues raised by the community.

Protect Seneca Lake on World Water Day

Monday March 22nd, is World Water Day - a day to think about what water means to people, its true value, and how we can better protect this vital resource.

Here are some ideas to better protect our water right here at home.

URGENT CALL TO ACTION MONDAY MARCH 15TH

MONDAY MARCH 15th at 6:30 pm Dresden Methodist Church 60 Cornelia St, Dresden, NY

We apologize for the late notice, but the time has come for us to step things up in the Town of Torrey. We call on you to join us tomorrow (MONDAY MARCH 15th at 6:30 pm) peacefully, outside, socially distanced, masked, wearing blue, carrying signs, in front of the Town of Torrey Planning Board meeting location: Dresden Methodist Church 60 Cornelia St, Dresden, NY 14441 (corner of Main and Cornelia Streets).

Facts Matter

Greenidge Bitcoin Mining Expansion

Greenidge Generation has been hard at work trying to discredit environmental advocates, residents, and business owners who are working to inform the public, by accusing them of spreading false information. We take these attacks on the credibility we’ve spent decades earning seriously, and we must respond to these claims, point by point, because facts matter.

Greenidge Bitcoin Plant

Urgent - Immediate Action Needed

The Greenidge Generation, LLC power plant wants to expand their Bitcoin mining operations (from 7,000 to 30,000 machines) in Dresden in the Town of Torrey, right on the Seneca Lake shoreline.

Greenidge Bitcoin Fracked Gas Power Plant

Action Toolkit

Here are some tips and tools to help us fight the expansion of the Greenidge plant.

FLX Call To Action

Greenidge Bitcoin Mining Expansion

"In a matter of days, the Town of Torrey Planning Board will make a decision that could have ramifications for the Finger Lakes that go far beyond their town or county’s borders. They will be faced with deciding whether to heed the recommendation from Yates County and hundreds of concerned citizens to reject Greenidge’s gas-powered bitcoin mining expansion.

Call Cuomo About Greenidge Fracked Gas Power Plant

Join us as we make as many calls to Governor Cuomo as possible TODAY as part of a statewide "Call Cuomo Monday" initiative (you can also make these calls all week!).

Greenidge Gas Bitcoin Mining Plant Expansion

Immediate Action Required

Please submit comments to/ call/ plan to attend the meeting at the Yates County Planning Board!
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