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One generation of elites forced open-pit mining onto southern Appalachia, and another is forcing grotesque wind turbines onto northern Appalachia. The connection is powerlessness, and the belief of one group of people that they have the right to destroy the homeland of another group of people. We are a dumping ground, and no one will hear our voice.
The state Public Service Commission on Thursday ruled that no further review of the proposed sale of Noble Environmental Power’s New York wind generating facilities was needed, clearing the way for the sale of six wind farms — including the company’s facilities in Eagle and Wethersfield.
Farmersville residents packed the Farmersville Fire Hall Thursday night for a public hearing on a proposed new local law on wind turbines to accommodate the Alle-Catt Wind Farm spanning five towns in three counties. Most speakers were either opposed to the wind turbines, or asked for stricter limits on setbacks and noise.
The group fears increased wind farm construction along the Tug Hill will have adverse effects on water quality, wildlife and the aircraft and weather radar systems at Fort Drum and Montague respectively. Mrs. Sheldon, whose family’s property in Harrisburg would be surrounded by multiple projects, also worries about infrasound from the turbines causing migraines, dizziness and other health issues. “Our lives are in turmoil over this,” she said.
More than 100 people attended the event, listening to music in the dining room, which was decorated with “no wind” signs and donation boxes on the tables, and typing comments on the state Public Service Commission’s website using computers in the sun porch. Some attended just to learn more about the wind farm.
Wind projects do not create local permanent jobs in a meaningful number. Communities are asked to sacrifice space, live in view of industrial towers and accept shadow flicker and low-frequency noise in exchange for a handful of jobs. Our rural area needs continued economic investment to create meaningful job opportunities. Providing millions of dollars of PILOT subsidies for a handful of jobs is a poor trade-off.
Apex Clean Energy on Tuesday presented the locations for the turbines, which includes eight in Yates and 39 in Somerset. Apex is working on its application to the state. “From Day One, Apex has ignored the will of the people of Somerset and Yates and their opposition to this project.”
In a statement ahead of the Tuesday forum, Somerset Supervisor Daniel Engert called on the state Public Service Commission, which has authority over large-scale energy projects, to "see firsthand the depth of division caused by Apex’s divisive, dismissive and unethical behavior."
Four years after announcing plans to build a major wind power development near Lake Ontario, Apex Clean Energy this week unveiled its map of 47 turbine locations: 39 in Somerset and eight in adjoining Yates. Each would be 591 feet tall.
“This is a 100 percent Apex sponsored propaganda event designed to suppress any public opposition to their ill-conceived project,” said Somerset Supervisor Daniel Engert. “Apex is not going to let the community ask questions.
Somerset Supervisor Dan Engert took issue with Apex's rule barring "signs, banners or disruptive behavior" at the forum, as well as its plans to have a moderator and panel of "credentialed experts" lead the program. "This is a 100-percent, Apex-sponsored propaganda event designed to suppress any public opposition to their ill-conceived project," Engert said.
The recent fiasco surrounding the location of the Oct. 2 Apex Lighthouse Wind “forum” is another in a series of instances that demonstrate the lack of credibility surrounding Apex Lighthouse Wind operations.
The project has met intense opposition from some local residents. Common complaints are that the towers would sully the towns’ rural character, depress property values and pose a threat to human health and migrating birds.
“Everyone is concerned about 600-foot turbines on Galloo Island ... It’s the destruction of this pristine island with over 400 deer, pheasants, turkeys and eagles,” she said. “I do believe in alternative energy, but not those wind monsters because educated people understand that wind energy is not the answer.”
All of this is why the siting board should reject the Apex application and ensure no subsequent applicants with any connection to Apex be allowed to reapply. ...if the lie over Galloo is allowed to stand, it will be a sign to every wind developer, and especially Apex, that the siting process under Article 10 of Public Service Law is a mere formality on the way to a rubber-stamp approval.
SINCLAIRVILLE– In January 2018, the New York Board on Generation Siting and the Environment, granted Cassadaga Wind, LLC, an approval to construct and operate a 126MW wind-powered facility in the towns of Arkwright, Charlotte, Cherry Creek and Stockton in Chautauqua County.
A group of independent parties to the Galloo Island Wind application before the state Board on Electric Generating Siting and the Environment have requested that Apex Clean Energy’s project be denied outright and the application process ceased because, they claim, Apex lied on multiple documents and applications relating to the project. ...To allow Apex to simply edit-out the lies and cleanse their documents sends a terrible message to the public — you can lie, cheat, and get caught in the Article 10 process with little inconvenience or penalty."
The board approved a resolution supporting the county in their effort to block Invenergy from being able to participate in PILOT programs. The ultimate decision is up the the county’s IDA. Schroder believes that if Invenergy is forced to pay full taxes, they may look elsewhere for their project.
The sooner these leases are terminated, the sooner our communities can begin to heal. To all other communities -- beware of the false promises of these multi-million dollar solar and wind energy companies -- they are not in the business of helping us, only themselves.