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Despite strong and reasonable opposition from the most negatively impacted and least benefiting community of Henderson, the reasonable questions the Watertown Daily Times has asked, despite the Watertown Daily Times editorial against it, the developer and town of Hounsfield continue to push the proposed wind farm on Galloo Island.
Other residents, like Michael Wootton of Wainscott, were concerned the project was far more extensive than what they were privy to. The fear is that what BOEM is considering has doubled in size since it was first proposed, laying the groundwork for a larger plan. The plan submitted to BOEM suggests the project has grown to a 180-megawatt wind farm with two 230-kilovolt transmission cables coming to shore or to potentially an offshore substation.
According to National Grid, sparking wind turbine equipment belonging to the Steel Winds energy project caused the light show. ...Andrzejczak said it was necessary for Steel Winds to drop power to the rail car substation in order to stop the arc.
“When an applicant withholds information regarding the environmental conditions in a siting application and those conditions are relevant and material to the agencies’ review of the application and negotiation of stipulations and studies to be performed, it raises serious questions about the applicant’s character and fitness,” Judge Caruso said in the ruling. “Any delay in this process was caused by the Applicant’s own decision to withhold relevant and material information, information that needed review and verification by” staff.
All the more reason New York residents should hold Apex Wind and the state accountable when it comes to open, honest, and transparent risk assessments and reports of post-construction mortality data. This is the only way to ensure poorly sited projects do not advance, and that projects that do advance accurately address the true cost of mitigation.
According to Town Supervisor Eric Mead on Monday, the new moratorium was not created with the intention to try to delay a proposed 90-megawatt solar project, called High River Energy Center ...NextEra Energy Resources, LLC is eying 550 acres within the town as the buildable area for the project.
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.
A study by the University of Michigan (Great Lakes Environmental Assessment and Mapping Project) showed Lake Ontario to be one of the most stressed great lakes and asked, “why would we want to introduce more stress to the lake” through this wind mill project? “I am worried about the loss of a world-class fishery,” she said. “We should not allow large corporations to take any more chances with our environment.”
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 ongoing wind farm project has been the object of controversy and complaints for months, and residents at the health board meeting attempted to share specific health-based complaints. One resident said the the World Health Organization commented on acceptable noise from wind turbines, stating that 45 decibels is the maximum level that should be allowed.
HOUNSFIELD — Discussions pertaining to a cable that will transfer electricity from the controversial Galloo Island Wind project to the electric grid drew fewer arguments and more inquiries from residents Tuesday.
A petition to suspend, adjourn or dismiss the Article 10 review of the Galloo Island Wind project has been filed with the state Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment. Cara and Anthony Dibnah, who in 2000 purchased the former U.S. Coast Guard lighthouse on the island, are seeking relief from the board because of an ongoing easement dispute with the owner of the largest part of the island, Galloo Island Corp.
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.
"The windmills, if they are constructed on Galloo Island will harm wildlife," said Dean Whitmer, president of the Henderson Business and Community Council. "Property values are going to drop for homes that are in the view shed of these windmills."
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.
A group of residents from the town Henderson and a couple from the town of Hounsfield expressed their opposition of a possible payment-in-lieu-of-tax agreement for the Galloo Island Wind project to the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency Thursday.
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.”