The Town of Newburgh board announced during its recent virtual town board meeting that Danskammer Energy, LLC has entered into a confidentiality agreement to protect its application with the New York Public Service Commission.
The agreement will allow members of the public access to Danskammer’s application with the Public Service Commission so long as they do not disclose to anyone else. This includes the Town of Newburgh board.
If the board ultimately does not agree to the terms of the agreement, they will not be allowed to review the application.
“Basically, in order for us to have full access to the materials in the application, the board would have to maintain full confidentiality,” said Mark Taylor, Town of Newburgh attorney.
State and municipal governments would have to sign a state and municipality agreement as part of maintaining confidentiality over their access to Danskammer’s application.
Town Supervisor Gil Piaquadio stated that he believed this confidentiality measure was designed with the Public Service Commission’s interests in mind.
“This was really the doing of the Public Service Commission making it harder for us to do our survey,” he said, “and even with all the information, we’re not going to get involved with their facility production.”
The confidentiality agreement was officially issued by the New York State Siting Board, a branch of the Public Service Commission, in December of 2019. The board oversees site plans for electric generating facilities in the state.