A Yates County judge of the New York State Supreme Court ruled in favor cryptocurrency mining company Greenidge Generation. This decision was important because it dismissed a petition by a group of environmental activists.
Greenidge released an April 7 press release stating that Judge Daniel Doyle rejected a petition filed by Seneca Lake Guardian, Sierra Club and the Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes, against Greenidge Generation Holdings. This was in an attempt to stop the Seneca Lake mining operation.
Greenidge also requested that the company’s plans to expand their Bitcoin mining operations at a Dresden facility, a town of 300 people in Yates County, be halted. The company plans to increase its capacity at the gas-powered plant, which currently has 17,000 miners and will be able to support 49,000 more by the end.
According to the ruling:
“Petitioners failed to prove that they would sustain an environmental injury that is different from the one suffered by the general population.”
The judge stated that no petitioner lives closer than 2,000 feet from the project site. However, the local planning board did all it could to assess the potential environmental impacts of the project.
According to the company’s release, this is the fifth unsuccessful attempt at legal action against the project’s expansion by different entities. Jumaane Williams of New York, who is running for Governor in New York State, supported Greenidge’s cause on February 1. She called upon Kathy Hochul, the current Governor, to refuse permits for proof-ofwork crypto mining in the state.