say NO to data centers and a new power plant at exton park (*AT* does NOT mean IN, FYI)

1/15/2023 6:15 pm –CLARITY FOR THOSE WHO DON’T GET IT: *AT* EXTON PARK DOES NOT MEAN *IN* EXTON PARK! IT MEANS RIGHT THERE, NEXT DOOR, FREAKING ON TOP OF IT, IMMEDIATELY ADJACENT. THERE ARE CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE TRYING TO PLAY CAPTAIN SEMANTIC WITH WHAT MY FRIEND GINNY KERSLAKE SAID ORIGINALLY WHICH IS SHARED HERE IN THIS POST. THAT IS FOR POLITICAL GAIN AND CONFUSION ON THE ISSUE. CARRY ON.

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These aren’t my words I am about to share, but I agree:

30 years ago residents of East and West Whiteland joined together to stop a “mini city” from being built on Church Farm School land. Thanks to the efforts of hundreds of residents and the township and county elected leaders at the time, we have the 700 acre Exton Park on that land instead.

Their legacy is our treasure, for current and future generations.

But now developers and fossil fuel interests want to put a power plant and massive data center hub on the eastern edge of our beloved park bisected by the Chester Valley Trail. They have lobbied in Harrisburg and won state tax breaks for data centers and billion of dollars in subsidies for “dirty” hydrogen power plants sourced from methane, a false climate solution pushed by the industry to prolong fracking.

In order for their plan to proceed, West Whiteland’s zoning ordinance would have to be amended to allow power plants and data centers in this Laboratory/Office zone. The developer has asked for this amendment and a public hearing has been scheduled for Jan 25, 6:30pm at the West Whiteland Township Building.

🔴 Mark your calendars for Jan 25 and make a plan to attend the hearing. Residents from all over must join together again to protect this space. It’s no place for a power plant and potentially 3 million square feet of data center, up to sixty feet high.

🔴 Join the FB group No Power Plant/Data Center Hub in Exton! To stay up-to-date.

More on the billions in subsidies for blue and grey hydrogen: https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2022/10/the-hydrogen-bill-gifts-4-billion-to-the-fossil-fuel-industry-opinion.html

(Photo taken last weekend from Old Valley Rd, Exton looking east toward this tract of land beyond the row of trees).

~ Ginny Kerslake

Funny thing about history…does it repeat itself? All of the things going on in East Whiteland and West Whiteland regarding this whole data center as the second coming of Christ projects and it makes you look back to the past doesn’t it? Because isn’t some of this land that’s in play now part of what riled people up with Willard Rouse in the 1980s and 90s when Churchill or whatever was planned and then killed? Anyway all these clippings below are just a little history lesson. Because those who don’t look to the past are doomed to make the same mistakes in the present, right?

Quite seriously however, look lively West Whiteland Township and East Whiteland Township. This whole area is at risk again. And, it actually starts down off of S. Bacton Hill Road in East Whiteland where they want the data center plant. And the people behind all this include a former investment banker, and when did an investment banker, become an expert on new forms of energy or is it just about the bottom line?

So all of this IMHO? Better living or someone else’s bottom line that residents and taxpayers get to pay for? I am leaning towards the bottom line option, especially when everything old is new again. Mr. Chief Fig is partners with someone involved with Rouse’s mini city back then, correct? Is this whole thing just another form of another bite of that same old apple? Has that old apple been regurgitated? Reinvented?

And this whole thing about PARK land overlooking POWER plant? Mr. Chief Fig is an investment banker, or was for long enough so (again) what does he know from alternative power? Green power? Seems to me it is for one reason first and foremost: someone else’s gain at all of our expense. Seems like green hydrogen power plants are just the next Mariner East, don’t they? Also municipalities don’t know enough about them which is WHY and HOW years ago we all ended up with FOOTE MINERAL, BISHOP TUBE, and whatever actually lies beneath Knickerbocker, pipelines, etc., etc., correct?

And then there are the issues with data centers and things like bitcoin mining. And they go in under laboratory zoning. Well there is no data center zoning is there? I mean maybe if they would actually UPDATE the Municipalities Planning Code comprehensively (I mean the last time was like 1969 then giant developments in Chester County like Chesterbrook got built, right?) we would know where to truly put things like this and really know if they were good for our communities or not.

When I first started looking at data centers, I thought “well ok, maybe”. Then I heard about New York State and the crypto mining ban, and Louden County, Virginia and their data center problems, and I came to the conclusion that no, these are just headaches waiting to happen. WE DO NOT KNOW ENOUGH. And these are issues we don’t need to be sold a bill of goods on at a state level where lobbyists, etc. are pressuring elected officials this is the next best, greatest thing ever. We need to actually know and understand and have appropriate knowledge, ordinances, laws. And the quasi useless Chester County Planning Commission actually needs to do some work here.

All these interconnections here, old player in old issues now players in new issues, similar land locations? Do you believe in coincidences like this? I do not. At all. Like I said, another bite and old apple with a new spin. East Whiteland SHOULD HAVE SAID NO to the data center plan. THEY COULD HAVE.

And what do we really think in the case of another data center with the whole hydrogen plant in West Whiteland? Yeah umm, some of us feel, the data center there is A TROJAN HORSE. Part of the endgame is the power plant. Which as Ginny Kerslake said above, developers and fossil fuel interests want to put a power plant and massive data center hub on the eastern edge of our beloved park bisected by the Chester Valley Trail. They have lobbied in Harrisburg and won state tax breaks for data centers and billion of dollars in subsidies for “dirty” hydrogen power plants sourced from methane, a false climate solution pushed by the industry to prolong fracking.

Not about the environment, all about their profits. Kind of like the pipelines and every other developer who comes calling.

A final note is West Whiteland can say NO to the power plant and should. They also don’t have to say YES to the data center, after all they are already putting a giant one in East Whiteland. Oh and is it true East Whiteland already said NO to a power plant there? So West Whiteland can say NO, too, right? Of course a big problem in West Whiteland is Stupidvisor Theresa Hogan Santalucia and her buddies who are State Rep. Kristine Howard’s boy toys. But if Theresa in her endless invincible ignorance says YES to any of this, it’s as good a reason as any to say NO to her if she runs for re-election.

And remember about data centers:

Several other aspects of the data center industry harm the environment. These facilities are big users of batteries that require mining heavy metals like lead. Other common sources of data center pollution include diesel generators and electronic waste

And…Do data centers emit radiation? Sources say…Absolutely! They emit infrared and visual-frequency light radiation.

And…Data centers use water to cool their servers, which can impact local water supplies. Water is increasingly being recognized as a risk to data center operation as a decreasing supply can potentially disrupt our continuous access to data.

Here is hoping 2023 is the year some municipalities learn the power of NO with developers. And say “Sorry Charlie, no can do” for starters in West Whiteland…..right? And remember China wants this kind of electrical energy power and we KNOW they don’t give a rat’s ass about the environment.

Here are some articles to read:

Grist.org: How a new subsidy for ‘green hydrogen’ could set off a carbon bomb
Using electricity to make hydrogen could be an elegant climate solution — or it could prop up a dirty grid
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CNBC: New York is the first state to ban certain types of crypto mining—here’s what to know
Published Fri, Nov 25 202212:
26 PM EST

NY Times: Our Digital Lives Drive a Brick-and-Mortar Boom in Data Centers
Developers and investors see more opportunities in commercial real estate as businesses and consumers gobble up more data.

Virginia has a data center problem
Ivy Main for Virginia Mercury

Loudoun County puts limits on data center growth
County supervisors approve a plan that draws new lines round future development

October 06, 2022 By Peter Judge

Manassas neighborhood battles noise from data centers
By Jill Palermo/Prince Wi
lliam Times Staff Writer Aug 24, 2022 Updated Aug 24, 2022

Fights, floods, and fortunes when cloud giants roll into town
Small-town troubles go hyperscale in one Virginia county over land, resources, and noise

Brandon Vigliarolo
Wed 3 Aug 2022 // 13:30 UTC

Bipartisan opposition to Pageland data center plan emerges at Heritage Hunt meeting
By Nolan Stout Dec 16, 2021 Updated Jan 10, 2022

Fossil Fuels, Water, Crashing Data Center Sustainability Goals
This great reliance on natural resources challenges firms to achieve goals.

By Paul Bergeron | October 03, 2022 at 08:07 AM


6 thoughts on “say NO to data centers and a new power plant at exton park (*AT* does NOT mean IN, FYI)

  1. Of course the greedy East Whiteland supervisors let this go through. No surprise given they took the fast 44 mil to sell the sewer system to Aqua. Once things are gone, municipal assets, open space, they are gone. No one wants to pay more taxes and so whenever a suitor shows up with a few bucks in hand to make a deal, these local politicians take it. Vote for supervisors who are serious about preservation, if they exist.

    • So Steve Gilbert,
      I have to ask where were you at the sewer sale discussions? I ask because they were publicized including by me but NO ONE gave a damn in East Whiteland.

      I don’t like sewer sales but the reality is East Whiteland couldn’t afford theirs any longer and the surrounding issues. But again, people didn’t show up when it could have made a difference.

      Your characterization of the East a Whiteland supervisors was kind of correct in the past, not as much today.

      You also forget an important component in any land development- the municipalities planning code which the Commonwealth of PA has not updated comprehensively since 1969 and THAT guides all zoning.

      Hope you aren’t just a paper Tiger/ Keyboard Warrior and you show up and speak your peace at the West Whiteland meeting.

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