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


we get by with a little help from our friends, can you help one of mine? #teamtiger

My life long friend Tiger. Always a Marine 😊

So many years ago, I became friends with a boy named Tiger. His given name, his birth name was David but we always just knew him as Tiger.

I had this crew of guy friends who were amazing. I just hung out with them. I didn’t date any of them, we just were all friends. Tiger was one of those friends. Most of us are still connected today, as a matter of fact.

I used to get in trouble for talking to Tiger on the downstairs telephone too late into the night. Those were the days that every call was a charge, so come the end of some months my parents were ready to kill me for the jump in the bill and me spending too much time on the phone.

Tiger was also one of the guys who would prop you up and just be your friend when somebody he didn’t think you should’ve been liking in the first place was rotten to you. I knew a lot of those guys. I always felt lucky to have them as friends.

Tiger had a big head of curly hair. And he was tall. He still has a lot of curly hair and he’s still tall. So are his brothers. I feel like a positively short person next to them !

We all have Tiger stories. OTB for Over The Bridge. The story of moving the coffin in a station wagon on the Schuylkill Expressway that was a prop for a school play. My husband was involved with that. Trust me, that is a story that will make tears run down your face with laughter.

Tiger was the first of my friends to enter the military. He chose the Marine Corps.

Truthfully he love the Marine Corps and it was good for him.

And the thing about being a Marine that I have learned from all my male friends who have been in the Marine Corps is once a Marine always a Marine. And this Marine needs our help.

Over the weekend Tiger’s brother Christian called me. We are also really good friends. Tiger has stage 4 renal cancer. I just sat there stunned and probably talked a mile a minute because I don’t want to cry. This is another one of those things in the year 2020 that we could all use a do over for. It’s bad enough there’s COVID-19, but now this?

Oh but wait it gets worse. At some point when he started his treatment I don’t know when, his company eliminated his position. Which I think is really crappy and I think there’s a special place in hell for people who try to justify doing things like this. But this is why Tiger needs our help.

If you have ever been treated for a debilitating disease like cancer, you know quite simply how expensive it is. Even working through my treatment with breast cancer it’s still took me a few years to pay off just the radiation bills. And that was with having paid co-pays.

Tiger and I share common interests and loves in cooking and gardening as adults. We also have a love of chili peppers. But Tiger as a home chef so far surpasses me. Seriously, he’s like Jacques Pépin only American. And his gardens are lovely. Tiger is not perfect, none of us are, but he is a good dude, plain and simple.

Tiger and his beautiful wife Sarah

I am now going to let Tiger’s wife Sarah‘s word take over. She has started a go fund me, which was not easy I am sure because they are not the kind of people to have their hand out and ask for money. They are the people that usually help other people.

From Sarah:

📌*Many of you know David by the nickname given to him at birth, “Tiger”. We will use his nickname in the following campaign:

It all started with a little back pain:
Tiger started his new dream job on Monday, March 16, 2020. Like many of us, he was working remotely. About a month later he started to develop some annoying back pain. Many of us can relate to the back pain that “working from home” created–cramped spaces, uncomfortable chairs, etc. Tiger’s back pain persisted and grew increasingly worse.

On Tuesday, June 16 he had a spinal X-ray, and to our surprise, the radiologist saw a compression fracture in his thoracic spine. On June 18, he had an MRI of the spine and our lives changed forever.

As we were driving home from the MRI, our doctor called and told us to turn around and go immediately to a hospital specializing in spine injuries because the MRI showed a spinal tumor. He was concerned the spine could further destabilize and cause more serious damage. He was admitted there for 8 days and, while he did not remain at the spine hospital, he has not been home since.

While in the first hospital, more scans were done. The doctors speculated it was kidney cancer that had metastasized to the spine but would not know definitively until an interventional radiologist conducted a biopsy. There was a delay of at least a week to get the biopsy because Covid had backed up such procedures.

Knowing it was likely cancer, we started pushing for a transfer to world-renowned Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. And within a couple days, Tiger was admitted to MSKCC into the neurosurgery unit due to the spinal tumors, and then the real process of diagnosing and treatment began.

….In early July, the love of my life, my active, energetic and seemingly healthy 56-year old husband was diagnosed with Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma (kidney cancer) Stage 4. He had no symptoms other than intense back pain. We realized we were going to need a lot of emotional support to navigate this…thus, the advent of TEAM TIGER…..On August 1st, yet another unexpected adjustment…he was told that his company could no longer keep his job for him as he was ineligible for additional leave or FMLA. Now unemployed and ineligible for benefits, not knowing what the future holds, he gathered up his courage and continued to keep in the fight……

…Covid safety precautions prevent visitors at the facility, so he has not seen his family in weeks. Since insurance will limit his time in the rehab facility to possibly another week, we must act now to make preparations for his transition back to our home.

How YOU can help support TEAM TIGER:
As a former US Marine, he has incredible resiliency and strength. Each day he has fought valiantly. He has been the model of courage, fortitude and persistence in the face of adversity.

……If you cannot donate to TEAM TIGER, you are still part of the team by keeping him in your thoughts and prayers!

With the loss of his salary and some medical/healthcare-related expenses not covered or only partially covered by insurance, we are asking for ANY amount of monetary contribution to help defray these expenses. We will have significant out-of-pocket costs to adapt our home (exterior and interior) to accommodate for Tiger’s mobility needs.”📌

There is more to the story and you can go to the Go Fund Me to read all of it.

A final personal note is I am definitely over 2020 now. I know this person doesn’t live in Chester County, I am going outside the borders because this is a lifelong friend. I am trying to pay it forward and you can make an anonymous donation to this fund if that more suits your comfort level. I personally choose that route a lot of the time because you just wanna give a little something you don’t need anything in return.

I am proud to be part of #TeamTiger. please help uplift his family during this difficult time. If you can help in any way, that’s amazing, and if you can just set the heavens on fire with prayer that is also welcome.

Thank you for your time this morning.

Click here to go to the Go Fund Me Campaign.

calling all preservationists and angels: historic st. peter’s church needs you!

It is a horrible economic time to have a crisis with a historic structure, let alone one of the most favorite and beloved in the Philadelphia region.  It is because of that this blog is making a little side trip to the Society Hill section of Philadelphia where I was born.

St. Peter’s, is an 18th century, American Revolution relevent Episcopalian Church in Society Hill and 4th and Pine streets.  I went to grade school at St. Peter’s School, so I have many happy memories of this church (and others like getting a book autographed every year at the St. Peter’s book fair by Marguerite D’Angeli who was a friend of the headmistress.)

St. Peter’s was one of the Society Hill landmarks that was my playground as a child.  It is also one of the most beautiful and serene places in Philadelphia.

I attended Easter Services at St. Peter’s and it was like instantly going back in time to when I was a little girl.  St. Peter’s is one of those places that makes you realize you can go home again.  From her beautiful windows to the high boxes inside the church, to the climb up the stairs for a look out over the church yard, St. Peter’s is just a very cool place.

I learned on the news today that St. Peter’s needs the help of anyone who can spare a dollar or two.  The church is being forced to close due to instability in the roof of the historic structure.  St. Peter’s Church was designed by Robert Smith and opened in 1761 as an offshoot of Christ Church in Old City. The Church’s tower, designed by William Strickland, was added in 1842.

St. Peter’s is a National Historic Landmark.

Saint Peter’s is not just a historic structure, it is a church that does many good things including a food cupboard.  They live their slogan of “Open Hearts. Open Minds”

Can you help save St. Peter’s?  The faster they have angels drop donations on them, the faster they will reopen.

Donations of any amount can be sent as follows:

Saint Peter’s Church, ATTENTION: HISPIC,313 Pine Street Philadelphia, PA  19106

 Media on the topic:

Plan Philly: St. Peter’s Church roof at risk of collapse

St. Peter’s Church at 3rd and Pine streets has been in continuous use since the 1760s, but parishioners will not be able to worship in the sanctuary this Sunday.

The Inquirer reports that St. Peter’s sanctuary roof is at risk of collapse. An engineering firm reportedly inspected the sanctuary’s roof trusses and found their condition dangerous enough to order the building closed until stabilization measures can be completed.

WHYY Newsworks: With roof in danger of failing, historic Philly church takes sabbatical  May 17, 2012  By Kevin McCorry

When George Washington was in Philadelphia for the Continental Congress, he attended services at a relatively new Episcopal church called St. Peter’s in what’s now known as Society Hill.

Now, more than 250 years after it was built, the same church still stands at Third and Pine streets.  It serves more than 400 families and educates children at its elementary school across the street.

The stalwart church, however, is in danger after so many years…..Even after the building is reopened, Laughlin said the congregation will need to raise $1 million to completely update the church’s structure, a prospect which could take up to three years.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Sanctuary of St. Peter’s Church closes amid fears of collapse

May 16, 2012|Bob Moran

The sanctuary of the historic St. Peter’s Church in Society Hill has been closed after several roof trusses were deemed at risk of collapse, the Rev. Ledlie Laughlin told congregants in an e-mail Wednesday.

An architectural engineering firm concluded that the trusses “are sufficiently at risk of collapse that the sanctuary must be closed at once,” Laughlin wrote. The firm said the sanctuary could be reopened in several months if the roof is stabilized. Replacing the roof could take two or three years.