Plans for STAR campus should consider community environment
Published: Monday, September 16, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013 23:09
The university has disregarded community and university input regarding the implementation of Data Centers LLC., which will be powered by a 248-megawatt natural gas power plant.
The opinions of Newark residents should not be forgotten when considering building a power plant that will drastically affect their lives. Factors such as air pollution and noise are not so easily ignored. Instead of consulting residents and university members prior to negotiations, 1743 Holdings LLC., the wholly-owned subsidiary of the university that purchased the Chrysler Assembly Plant, did not take the community’s concerns into account before acting on their plans to bring this massive project right in the middle of the city. There was little transparency, with the TDC claiming its patent-pending status allowed the project to be confidential for so long.
The gas pipelines, which would stretch all the way to Pennsylvania and Hockessin, Del., would cut through the White Clay Park, which causes loss of habitats and poses a serious threat to that ecosystem. When building, we need to be especially cautious with protected areas like state parks.
The university would do well to ask experts in our prestigious engineering, environmental science and public policy departments to explore alternative environmentally-friendly solutions. The original intention of STAR campus was to bring alternative and renewable energy to Newark. Bringing a data center that consumes a massive amount of electricity—electricity generated from a natural gas plant—is not reflective of the original vision of STAR campus. With everyone working together, we can build up our community without hurting the environment.