Sierra Club leads lawsuit against a New York city: Bitcoin mining facility is to be expanded

Greenidge allegedly circumvented laws to expand their mining facility.

Several organizations have filed a lawsuit against the US city of Torrey, New York State, for approving a plan to expand a Bitcoin ( BTC ) mining facility near one of the Finger Lakes

In court documents filed with the New York State Supreme Court Thursday , the Sierra Club, the Seneca Lake Guardian, the Finger Lakes Preservation Committee and more than 20 local residents allege that the local government violated state law by it approved Greenidge Generation’s site plan to expand its existing bitcoin mining facility.

The lawsuit alleges that Greenidge circumvented the laws that mandated an environmental impact statement by applying for regulatory approval „through two separate but interdependent permit applications.“ The New Yorkers who joined the lawsuit cite various reasons for participating in the Sierra Club’s lawsuit. These include, for example, possible noise complaints and possible pollution of the water in the lake by the system.

That would have a negative impact on wildlife and recreational activities

The Greenidge power plant in the nearby city of Dresden uses a pipeline to transport natural gas directly to the power plant. This generates the electricity for his Bitcoin mining system and reduces costs. Atlas Holding owns the facility and installed 7,000 crypto mining machines in the past year.

According to the local news portal Fingerlakes1, the plant has recently been in operation „only sporadically and far below its capacity“ . Greenidge applied to local authorities for expansion and asked for permission to construct and operate four new buildings with bitcoin mining equipment. This expansion of the facility would allow Greenidge to operate “at full capacity, 24/7”.

At a city council meeting in October , the company claimed the bitcoin mining facility would „stay firmly within the environmental limits set by the state and federal government.“