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PARISHVILLE — Avangrid Renewables, the wind tower company that wants to build wind turbines in Parishville and Hopkinton, had their motion denied to have a Parishville resident removed from the state siting board.
The City Council on Monday night unanimously approved a resolution opposing the development of eight industrial wind turbine projects in proximity to Fort Drum, citing concerns that the turbines will impact training capabilities.
Mr. Snell declined to recuse himself in a letter dated Sept. 18, writing in letter to Ms. Burgess, “It is my personal belief that I am well-suited and qualified to represent the communities of Parishville and Hopkinton on the Siting Board. It is also my personal belief that I have no more conflicts of interest or bias regarding the proposed North Ridge Wind energy project than anyone else serving on the Siting Board.”
“The fact that they are not hiring local people solidifies our position going forward that full taxation is the right position,” Mr. Gray said, adding that having only 20 percent of the company’s workforce consist of local labor “basically nullifies (the developer’s) argument that it creates construction jobs ... that doesn’t create any for our people.”
The company that revived the Jericho Rise wind farm project in the towns of Chateaugay and Bellmont has proposed another wind project in the same area.
In short, the governor and his myriad allies on the Left love to promote renewables, but wind energy — the linchpin of their all-renewable schemes — continues to be stymied by a fundamental problem: it requires way too much territory.
Following a visit to a wind farm that is comparable to one proposed for Hopkinton and Parishville, Town Supervisor Sue Wood said she has “even more reservations about the project.”
A Parishville man will get to stay on the New York Siting Board on Electronic Siting and the Environment following a motion by a wind developer to have him removed for what they say was a conflict of interest. Hon. Kathleen H. Burgess mailed a letter to Gary Snell Sr. stating that the siting board had no authority to disqualify or remove Snell from the board.
Galloo Island is facing significant unresolved environmental questions because of the danger to endangered and rare bird and bat species. No matter how it’s spun, towers with blades reaching 800 feet into the heavens, where the blade tips are spinning at over 100 miles an hour (yes, that is correct) even in lower wind speeds, there is going to be significant bird and bat mortality. That problem is multiplied because the island is under a significant migratory flyway.
Developers of the Number Three Wind project are requesting several waivers from the town of Lowville’s zoning law, and town officials plan to discuss the matter next month. “Let’s listen to them and let them make their case,” town attorney Raymond A. Meier told councilmen at a recent meeting. “We can talk about whether it’s in the best interest of the town.”
The proposed creation of a 900-acre solar farm prompted the Town Board on Wednesday to approve a three-month moratorium on the development of such projects. The delay –– which is similar to one adopted by the town of Bellmont earlier this year –– is intended to give board members time to research a possible local law regulating solar energy projects in the town.
WATERTOWN — The Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization has formally opposed the development of eight industrial wind turbine projects near Fort Drum, citing concerns that they “will greatly reduce the installation’s training capability.”
According to ISO New England Inc., a non-profit group focused on transmission systems, between 7,000 and 8,000 MW of generation could be shut down in the next 10 years as state regulators scramble to meet their climate goals. In January, officials confirmed the 2,000-MW Indian Point nuclear facility, located about 77 kilometres north of New York City, would be shut down in 2020.
“With approximately 10 new wind farms proposed or under construction around Fort Drum, their impact on training operations that translates to troop readiness and future mission readiness cannot be ignored,” she said. “This important national defense asset cannot be taken for granted."
Rodney Votra, the town supervisor in Parishville, wrote a letter on Tuesday to the Siting Board in support of Mr. Snell ...“When tasked with selecting nominations for the ad hoc committee, I was very transparent about selecting individuals from both sides of this issue,” wrote Mr. Votra in the letter. “This appears to be nothing more than an attempt by Avangrid to silence the opposition.”
Gill-net fisherman Richard Stevens said there’s so much fishing at various times of year in the proposed areas that the “entire map should be colored in.” He suggested the turbines will make a difficult navigation at sea even harder. “It’s hard enough to work with each other,” putting fixed gear out of the way of trawlers. “Now if you’re trying to avoid wind farms, that can create real problems. It will.”
From stares and mumblings at public meetings to stolen wind signs and frequent opposing opinion pieces in North Country This Week, Avangrid’s proposed 40-turbine wind farm has impacted friendships and family relationships in Parishville and Hopkinton.
As small towns like Parishville and Hopkinton have struggled in creating wind turbine laws, many residents wonder if elected officials are capable of handling such a large-scale project and making a decision that is best for everyone.
According to Joseph R. McGill, the town code officer, the setbacks should apply to any place people live, whatever kind of facilities are present. “As far as assessment goes, New York state does not recognize ‘hunting camps,’” he said. Mr. McGill labels hunting camps as seasonal residences, which are still legally residences.
Two studies Apex Clean Energy is planning to provide to help assess how its Galloo Island Wind project could affect bats are inadequate for determining the potential impacts, argues avian advocate Clifford P. Schneider.