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The Parishville Town Board unanimously passed a local wind law at their meeting June 22 establishing wind turbine setbacks and sound output limits. However, the town is not interested in payments in lieu of taxes – PILOT -- from a large-scale wind power project planned to be built by Avangrid Renewables.
A Chicago-based energy company is eyeing four northern Cattaraugus and Allegany County towns for up to 130 wind turbines. ...Company representatives have visited the four town boards over the past few months and are reportedly signing up landowners to locate wind turbines on ridgelines. The company website says 16,000 acres in the four counties are under lease.
BATAVIA — Troy Weiler explains his job as finding sites that are friendly for medium-scale wind turbines.
The atmosphere got heated again at another meeting about a potential new wind farm on Shaffer Mountain.
You’ve heard that wind turbines are no louder than refrigerators at 40 decibels? That measurement is taken a foot or two away from the bottom of the refrigerator.
One of the key factors in Furlong's ruling was that the Planning Board approved a previous Apex weather tower on Lower Lake Road in 2014. The judge also ruled that the two new towers – each proposed to be 197 feet high, on Lake and West Somerset roads – wouldn't produce enough impact to justify making the company complete one of the state's long environmental impact forms.
Anthony D. Dibnah and Cara C. Dibnah, who own the Historic Places Galloo Island Lighthouse property, said they received little to no response from their elected officials about how they will use the town’s intervenor funding, or funding awarded by administrative law judges for parties to hire consultants during a project’s review, to ensure their lighthouse, about 150 years old, will be preserved.
Opposition to a proposed wind farm in the towns of Hopkinton and Parishville has prompted St. Lawrence County Legislature to create an ad-hoc wind committee.
Save the River not only wants to determine the overall impact of wind development along the river, but also which species it could affect. The nonprofit is also concerned with the potential impacts on bird and bat mortality, ground water, potential runoff and sediment, Mr. Willbanks said.
The company that hopes to build a wind power farm in Parishville and Hopkinton has dozens of signed leases from property owners to allow the windmills – as high as 500 feet tall from the bases to the blade tips -- on their land.
“Did they tell you and show you a visual of the proposed wind turbines that will be in our connecting townships?” she asked the crowd. “All of them are about 37 feet shorter than the tallest building in Buffalo — monstrous. Think of the visual impact on the people who vacation and camp in this area. This will definitely have a serious impact on their decisions to frequent this area.”
Congress is reviewing a bill that aims to prohibit federal tax relief for wind energy projects located within 40 miles of an active military air base. ...Clayton Supervisor David M. Storandt Jr. and Orleans Supervisor Kevin R. Rarick said that enacting the bill would ensure the safety and viability of military base operations at Fort Drum from potential impacts of wind energy facilities such as Apex Clean Energy’s Galloo Island Wind farm and Atlantic Wind LLC’s Horse Creek Wind Farm.
The Town Board agreed Tuesday to join a growing number of municipalities across the state to fight for local control of solar and wind energy projects.
Congressman Collins said in a press release, “I cannot condone any activity which puts the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station’s (NFARS) future operations and viability at risk. This air base employs over 2,600 people and contributes over $200 million a year to Western New York’s economy. Massive wind turbines built in such close proximity to military installations, such as the ones being proposed in Western New York, can negatively impact a base’s potential new missions and its future operations.
“I know this is an important project for many people in the county. I’m certainly not happy that I have to stand in opposition to people I respect, but the bottom line is if I’m going to represent my constituency and do what is fiscally responsible, I can’t support this,” Borrello said. “When it comes to industrial wind projects, the only green part about these projects is the money made.”
During a Friday meeting in Jamestown, the board approved an environmental quality review statement and a final resolution to authorize a payment in lieu of tax (PILOT) agreement for the wind project. Six members gave their approval, while Dennis Rak, vice chairman, abstained and George Borrello, board member and county legislator, voted no.
Cuomo is treating “upstate New York like we are second-class citizens,” Engert said. The Lighthouse Wind project “is not wanted by more than 75 percent of the residents of this community . . . ." But Apex, he said, is “hellbent on ramming a project through here."
"Massive wind turbines built in such close proximity to military installations can negatively impact a base's potential new missions and its future operations," Collins, R-Clarence, said, adding that he can't condone "any activity which puts the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station's future operations and viability at risk."
Wildlife groups are concerned the turbines could disrupt a major flyway for migrating birds. Local lawmakers worry about flight operations being compromised at a nearby military base. Residents fret about potential health threats from noise, which are still being studied, and say views could be dominated by structures taller than any skyscraper in upstate New York.
The company, which brought suit under the name of its Lighthouses Wind subsidiary, contends that the Planning Board failed to comply with a legal deadline to make a decision on the site plan and special use permit it sought for the two 197-foot meteorological towers on Lake and West Somerset roads, which the company says would be dismantled within three years.