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Mining, wind energy are hot topics

ALBION — Moratoriums were the theme of the Orleans County Planning Board on Thursday night. Planners recommended approval for six-month moratoriums on wind energy development and mining operations in the Town of Shelby, as well as moratoriums on wind energy systems and high-density housing in the Town of Albion.
23 Jun 2006

The Wayward Wind

Silver_lake_speech_thumb Because time seems to be running out on fossil fuels and the lure of non-polluting windpower is so seductive, some people are now promoting windpower initiatives at any cost, without investigating potential negative consequences-- and with no apparent knowledge of even recent environmental history......Throughout my experience, I could not substantiate a single claim developers made for industrial wind energy, including the one justifying its existence: that massive wind installations would meaningfully reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. When you understand this, you realize the wind business is not really that complex. But there are a lot of complicated issues swirling around it that obscure and distract from this main point, issues such as global warming, property values, the nature of wind leases, local revenues and taxes, wildlife, natural views, and a host of others. So how does one know the truth of it all? How does one go about separating the reality from spin?
19 Jun 2006

Hearing tonight on wind tower

GREEENFIELD -- Townspeople will get a chance tonight to comment on a local law that could allow a wind power company to build a meteorological test tower near Lake Desolation. The 198-foot test tower would be the first step in Airtricity Inc.'s plan to put about 25 power-generating windmills on a ridge in Greenfield's northwest corner. The proposed wind farm would be just outside the Adirondack Park, with its heavy restrictions on construction.
8 Jun 2006
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