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The town of Stamford is the latest area community to halt commercial wind-farm development. A moratorium passed by the Stamford Town Board last week is likely a prelude to a local law regulating the giant turbines, a councilwoman said Sunday. "The purpose of the moratorium is to give us time to look at which legislation is legal," Councilwoman Katherine M. Engert said. "It came together within a month. We had a huge uprising here."
Eight giant wind turbines, each taller than Buffalo City Hall, are slated to become permanent fixtures on the Lake Erie waterfront. Two wind energy developers plan to erect the massive windmills on the long-abandoned Bethlehem Steel site by Thanksgiving.
BENTON - The town has caught the eye of wind energy companies looking for potential development sites. No project has been proposed in Benton, but two companies have expressed interest. The situation has prompted town officials to schedule an informational meeting for 7 p.m. Monday at the town hall.
COHOCTON - In an effort to tighten legal enforcement regarding the construction of wind turbines, the Town of Cohocton decided to delay recommendations set by the planning board.
ITALY - Local residents' concerns - and possible litigation - have prompted town officials to include an industrial wind turbine ban in the zoning law they're formulating. It had already included regulations on setback and height but now calls for an all-out ban, as well.
At a special meeting Tuesday night, the Cherry Valley town Board voted unanimously to adopt a 90-day moratorium on major development. The moratorium will allow the town board enough time to adopt rules to regulate Reunion Power’s proposed wind farm on East Hill, according to Cherry Valley Town Supervisor Thomas Garretson.
The town of Naples has taken a preemptive strike against wind farms moving into town. Monday night, the town board voted to ban industrial wind turbines.
A recent letter in the Daily News regarding the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) on July 25th stated, "The SEQRA process is a fair, sensible, and comprehensive review process ... in which all potential impacts are systematically studied according to standardized guidelines." Goldman Sach's (the parent company of Horizon) corporate policy states, "Integrity and honesty are at the heart of our business. We expect our people to maintain high ethical standards in everything they do." However, policies and business practices witnessed to date in the ongoing battle over the reckless siting of industrial turbines in residential areas have not been consistent with ethical procedure at all.
The Town Council issued a positive declaration Thursday to move forward with a state environmental quality review of the impacts of wind farm development.
Yet opposition is growing in the Adirondacks against the project. Environmentalists have never agreed on it -- Greenpeace supports it, while organizations closer to home including the Adirondack Council and the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks -- don't want it, for the most part because of its visual impact.
The Adirondack Park Agency has approved a second monitoring tower for a company that wants to put industrial windmills in the southern Adirondacks.
CHERRY VALLEY — By a 2-to-1 vote Monday night, the Cherry Valley Town Board opted not to institute a 12-month moratorium on major development. The vote clears the way for the town’s Planning Board to consider a $100 million proposal by Reunion Power of Manchester, Vt., to erect 24 wind turbines on East Hill. The board’s vote came at the end of an emotionally charged public hearing in the town garage attended by more than 200 people and lasting longer than 3½ hours. The town’s two councilmen, Fabian Bressett and James Johnson, voted against the moratorium, while Supervisor Tom Garretson voted for it, Garretson said late Monday night.
Although officials say the moratorium is not aimed at Reunion Power’s proposal to put 24 wind turbines on East Hill, it is likely the hearing will boil down to comments from people for and against the plan.
That is what Beekmantown has done. The board has set a moratorium on any construction until next April. In the meantime, the necessary research and discussion will ensue. This is as it should be..........But it is only attractive if it can be harvested in a manner that is not intrusive to neighbors or the landscape. The Town of Beekmantown seems poised to find out once and for all whether the proposal is compatible with residents' interests.
New York State Senator James Seward has proposed a bill that would ban windmills in any town within 15 miles of Route 20, from Duanesburg to Springfield, for a three-year period.
To some, my vote against wind power in Malone was a vote against progress; however, be assured that this decision was based on hundreds of hours of study and research, as well as numerous mathematical calculations backed by years of business experience and a graduate degree in physics. This vote was against the degradation of local property values, destruction of some wonderful viewsheds, lowering the quality of life of some local residents, and the accruing of millions of dollars of NY taxpayer dollars by a few wind developers.
“As of right now there is no zoning and no land use law in place,” Pullen said. “That means if someone wants to build windmills you have no way to stop it. I was asked to create one that allows the town board to consider each project. “As soon as this has been adopted, every potential windmill would be required to submit an application,” he added, saying projects would have to meet a certain set of standards. “Since no one has had any project approved by anyone, this would apply to any project.”
David Gibson, executive director of The Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, agreed that the ecological treasures New York could lose in the wake of wind farm construction and operation are too great to risk just for the generation of green power. "We all, everyone in this room probably, are committed to moving us toward a more sustainable path," Gibson said. "We all want clean, green, much more friendly habits, but we don't think tall industrial structures on ridge lines anywhere is good public policy."
The West Babylon High School auditorium was packed with many Babylon area residents and others from surrounding communities on the South Shore on July 10 for a public hearing regarding Long Island Power Authority’s wind park proposal. Many local residents, town officials and New York State legislators stated their opposition to the project, citing environmental concerns and expenses that would be detrimental to taxpayers in the future.
"Last night was a shocker," Nicolette Nye, a spokeswoman for Minerals Management, said Tuesday after the first night of hearings. She has conducted similar hearings on projects up and down the East Coast, she said, including on Cape Cod, where another controversial wind farm is proposed. But she said nothing had prepared her for Long Island. "People here are much more...passionate."