Several organizations have filed lawsuits against the city of Torrey, New York for approving a plan to expand a Bitcoin mining facility near one of the Finger Lakes.
In court documents archived on Thursday in the New York State Supreme Court, the Sierra Club, Seneca Lake Guardian, the Finger Lakes Conservation Committee and more than 20 local residents allege that the local government had violated state laws by Greenidge Generation’s plan to to extend the site. operations for its existing Bitcoin (BTCmining facility.
According to allegations in the lawsuit, Greenidge has circumvented laws requiring an environmental impact statement by seeking regulatory approval “through two separate but interdependent approval requests.” New York residents who joined the lawsuit have a variety of reasons for filing with the Sierra Club, ranging from potential noise complaints, and speculation that the mining facility would pollute the lake water, which would negatively impact nature and recreational activities.
The Greenidge power plant in the nearby city of Dresden uses a pipeline to deliver natural gas directly to the plant, generating the power consumed by its Bitcoin mining facility and cost reduction. Private equity firm Atlas Holding owns the facility and installed 7,000 crypto mining machines last year.
According to the local news center Fingerlakes1, the plant does operated “only intermittently and well below its generating capacity” recently. Greenidge filed for an extension with the local authorities, requesting to build and operate four new buildings with Bitcoin mining equipment. This addition to the facility would reportedly allow Greenidge to operate “at full capacity, full-time.”
At a city council in October, the company goes claimed the Bitcoin mining facility would “stay firmly within the environmental limits set by the state and federal governments.”