The 30,000 men and women of the Connecticut State Building Trades unions, were shocked and gravely disappointed by the Gov. Ned Lamont’s quotes, “I don’t want to build Killingly” and that the administration could “play some games there,” referring to slowing the permitting process at DEEP. These quotes are deeply hurtful to the hardworking members of the Building Trades unions who have been especially hard hit during the pandemic. To have 600 unionized construction jobs and over 1 million work hours of union labor for area workers casually dismissed by the governor truly disrespects our members. The project will also provide cleaner, more reliable and cheaper energy to support our manufacturing base. For Connecticut to achieve its zero carbon goals, it is essential that older, higher-polluting coal and oil-fired plants be replaced in the short term with natural gas-fired facilities capable of meeting the region’s energy needs.