BP hoping to bypass tough local limits proposed as Cape Vincent prepares to adopt new restrictions on wind farms
In its own comments to the PSC on Article X, BP said that any override of local laws should be provided by the state siting board early in the process and that the "local community should bear the burden of proof to demonstrate why the more restrictive requirements are appropriate."
July 21, 2012
by Jaegun Lee
in Watertown Daily Times
CAPE VINCENT - BP Wind Energy hopes to bypass strict local restrictions proposed for wind turbines and expedite the approval of its Cape Vincent Wind Farm by submitting an application to a state siting board under Article X of the 2011 Power NY Act.
Cape Vincent's town government is preparing to adopt tougher rules on wind farms and plans to update its zoning law as soon as Aug. 1.
BP spokeswoman Amanda Abbott said in an email that the company already has a substantial investment in the project and that it is seeking an Article X process "that will facilitate its development... [continue via Web link]