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HARTSVILLE - Members of the Hartsville town board have been accused of back-door politics and not notifying the public of its intentions toward wind turbine construction on Call and Hartsville hills.
Reunion's announcement comes just ahead of a call for a state-wide moratorium on siting wind turbines from Otsego 2000, an environmental advocacy organization based in Cooperstown.
Other environmentalists are opposed to the wind farm because they feel 400-foot turbines along the ridge line between Gore and Pete Gay mountains will shatter the view. Both the Adirondack Council and the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks are against the project. "It wouldn't be a big producer of electricity, but would have an enormous impact on the environment and scenic beauty of the park," Adirondack Council's John Sheehan said.
Gil Randell, retired director of planning for Chautauqua County and a member of the group's steering committee, said the location "flies in the face of guidelines established not only by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, but also standards established by the wind power industry itself."
The New York Power Authority announced almost 21/2 years ago that it had received the OK to proceed with "final negotiations" and execute an agreement with Chautauqua Windpower to buy electricity.
With some local fishery officials labeling the situation as “David vs. Goliath,” the Long Island Power Authority, in partnership with Florida Power and Light, issued responses to the United States Army Corps of Engineers regarding approximately 1,000 comments from those both for and against the proposed offshore wind park project.
As more private wind farm developers intensify efforts to find suitable sites for their projects, more communities are faced with the dilemma of what to do about them.
The final report, issued this past summer, was discussed Thursday in the downtown library by representatives of the various agencies involved in its creation. A copy of the report is available on the Internet at www.erie.gov.
It's time to speak plainly and without fear of the obviousness of this unprecedented situation, as each and every day another portion of a concerned and well-meaning public is carefully exposed to the ‘green’ idea of commercial wind power.
The decision to drastically alter our landscape will affect our quality of life, our wallets, and our grandchildren.
Giant trucks are heading to Lewis County. They're transporting parts to the wind farm project. How they're getting there is causing some problems. The trucks travel from the port of Oswego into Lewis County.
Opposition to industrial wind power, however, is about more than just the view.
A host of issues and unanswerable concerns led to the decision, according to Simeon Moss, director of Cornell's press office.
Initially, I was delighted. But then I began listening to the concerns of residents near the proposed site, hikers, skiers, birdwatchers, astronomers who frequent the nearby observatory and even trainee pilots concerned about 400 foot wind turbines cropping up in the flight path to the Ithaca airport. As a result, I am no longer an unabashed supporter of tapping Mount Pleasant.
In these early stages of U.S. wind development, promoters still have it pretty easy. They're our new best friends! But it's likely their popularity will be short-lived, as it won't take long before rural America realizes that their own initial awe and stupor was contrived, allowing the very quality of their lives to be stolen out from under them, and they will also realize, too late, that their loss was in vain.
I can’t help but think if it weren’t for Zilkha bursting at the seams with taxpayer money, that this wind turbine controversy bitterly pittting a few large landowners against hundreds of ordinary citizens, would never have happened.
Commercial wind turbines are gigantic machines that distort natural light, sound and space. Their impacts are constant, making them oppressive when situated too near to homes and the places where we live.
So what are the true contributions of the wind industry? We have electricity that is too expensive to solve any real energy issues, and very little of it besides. We have little, if any, emissions reduction. We have the destruction of pristine landscapes and waterfronts all over the world due to the careless placement of massive, inefficient wind turbines… (a phenomenon that is just beginning to frighteningly snowball here in the U.S), and we have a big money making scheme for those who can afford to cash in. We also have one more thing… the deterioration in the quality of life for those unfortunate enough to find themselves and their neighborhoods targets of the uncaring developers who bully their way into communities and into people’s lives.