Opponents of the Clear River Energy Center say an ecosystem that houses hundreds of species would be dramatically impacted by the facility’s development. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

Opponents of the Clear River Energy Center say an ecosystem that houses hundreds of species would be dramatically impacted by the facility’s development. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

CHEPACHET, R.I. — On the site of the fossil-fuel power plant proposed for the woods of Burrillville there are 47 species identified in the Rhode Island Wildlife Action Plan as “species of greatest conservation need.”



 The entire project, including the interconnection work, is expected to require the clear-cutting of some 64 acres of forestland, including disrupting 10 wetland acres. (Burrillville Land Trust)

The entire project, including the interconnection work, is expected to require the clear-cutting of some 64 acres of forestland, including disrupting 10 wetland acres. (Burrillville Land Trust)

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — A decision on the $1 billion energy project is months away and the interconnection project still requires several permits, but preparing the 6.8-mile route through rural Burrillville is scheduled to commence in a few weeks.


Deepwater Offers Information, Fishermen Want Compensation

Deepwater Wind is trying to keep fishermen happy while it builds more offshore wind facilities. The latest effort aims to protect commercial fishing gear, but fishermen and their advocacy groups want broader protections for the fishing grounds and their livelihood.

 The work needed to make the interconnections to the power grid for two industrial-scale solar projects in Cranston would clear the forest canopy that connects two conservation areas. (R.I. Land Trust Council)

The work needed to make the interconnections to the power grid for two industrial-scale solar projects in Cranston would clear the forest canopy that connects two conservation areas. (R.I. Land Trust Council)

 Biologists are banding 600 to 800 resident geese each summer. (Todd McLeish/ecoRI News)

Biologists are banding 600 to 800 resident geese each summer. (Todd McLeish/ecoRI News)

 Rhode Island Solar Renewable Energy wants to install thousands of solar panels to generate 13.8 megawatts of electricity on nearly 62 acres of private forestland. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

Rhode Island Solar Renewable Energy wants to install thousands of solar panels to generate 13.8 megawatts of electricity on nearly 62 acres of private forestland. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)


Housing Densities Threaten R.I.’s Coastal Salt Ponds

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. — In this town’s most-densely developed area, excess nitrogen from coastal dwellings is threatening the health of salt ponds that are the foundation of the local tourism industry.


Planners Worried New Rules Could McMansion Coast

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. — General Assembly supports the construction of taller buildings along the Ocean State’s shoreline.