Our view: Ensure wind projects free of conflicts
State legislators must recognize that it’s in no one’s best interests if rural New York residents feel railroaded by a process that might be tainted ...From the far remove of the county seat or Albany, officials can weigh the pros and cons of a project and presumably beyond reproach. In addition, these are complex projects, and a rural town is hardly likely to have the expertise.
August 23, 2010
in The Observer-Dispatch
AT ISSUE: Another layer of approval, whether by county or state, needed.
It’s occurred in different corners of New York state, and now the question’s been raised in the Herkimer County town of Litchfield. Is it proper for gigantic wind turbines to be approved by towns whose own officials might stand to gain financially from the projects?
If we are to uphold the principles of good government, then the answer must be “no.” But the scope of these projects and their potential impact on communities with only a few thousand residents means that final approval should be made not at... [continue via Web link]