3 of 'Wawayanda 6' to be jailed over refusal to pay fine

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A grandmother from Orange is among a group of activists headed to jail after getting arrested for protesting the construction of a controversial gas power plant.

Madeline Shaw, of Slate Hill, is one of the "Wawayanda 6" concerned about the health effects of the $1 billion natural gas power plant being built a few miles away from her home. 

The group was arrested in 2015 for chaining themselves together to block construction at the Slate Hill site owned by CPV.

They were found guilty of disorderly conduct and ordered to pay a $375. Half of the six refused to pay. 

On Thursday, a judge sentencing them to report back in July for a week in Orange County Jail. 

"It's completely unjust. We are the victims. We're the victims of probably one of the biggest corruption scandals in New York history," says Pramilla Mallick. 

CPV is at the center of a pay-to-play scandal involving two of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's former top aides – one of whom already pleaded guilty in a bribery scheme involving the company.

"The day those indictments were announced this project should have been shut down by the governor's office," says Mallick. 

The plant is supposed to open next year, but permits are still needed for the last eight mile stretch of pipeline. 

News 12 reached out to the Department of Environmental Conservation and power plant officials, but calls were not returned.
 

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