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The Tug Hill Commission and the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust have both released issue papers detailing how wind farms, for better or worse, impact surrounding areas.
Wind project threatens health, environment, economy, and national security
Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust told the state Public Service Commission that a major industrial wind energy facility proposed for the center of the Tug Hill region will harm the region’s forests, wildlife, water quality in the Salmon River, hunting and fishing opportunities, economy and the future of Fort Drum.
A standing-room only crowd of local residents and officials voiced concerns about a lack of transparency and communication from Geronimo Energy, the company planning to erect a 900-acre, 150-megawatt solar farm in the town and village of Malone.
This powerful video conveys the shock and sadness as wind energy projects move through Arkwright, NY and Chautauqua County.
SGRE said the fall in sales was due to a "market shut down" in India as the country moves to an auction-based system and "normal business volatility in the offshore market".
If Iberdrola proceeds with Horse Creek, the project will become embroiled in a contentious and costly administrative law proceeding. Iberdrola will use the procedural advantages of Article 10 to oppose Home Rule and attempt to override opposition from residents, local governments and other project stakeholders.
Mary Kay Barton has been writing and speaking about the wind industry since 2004. Albert Vliestra was passively in favor of wind turbines coming to Warsaw County, then he became ill -- with protracted ailments -- after the turbines were installed in the area. Following a long fight against the turbines, Cathi Orr lost. She sold her 100 acre farm at a substantial loss, and fled. Albert Vliestra, too, sold his dream home at a major loss. The living room where this interview takes place is that of Linda and Paul Makson. The Makson home is surrounded by 16 giant wind turbines that creak, groan, whistle and whoosh all the time, but the infrasound is worse. And worse yet, New York taxpayers are paying for it, as per Governor Cuomo's "green energy" program.
According to the transcript published in the Legislative Gazette, in his Jan. 10 State of the State address at Farmingdale State College, Mr. Cuomo stated the following: “I’m calling on LIPA [Long Island Power Authority] to approve a 90 megawatt wind farm. It’s enough to support 50,000 homes. They will not be visible from the beach. They will be 30 miles southeast of Montauk. Not even Superman standing on Montauk Point could see these wind farms.”
The project isn’t without detractors. Some worry about storms damaging the turbines. Others wonder whether the foundation can actually break ice. The project is getting international scrutiny, too. Environmental groups in Spain and the United Kingdom recently condemned it.
It is noted that both the Lighthouse and Heritage Wind PIP’s include language that indicates the study area potentially becoming part of the project area. ...So, in one fell swoop, APEX has succeeded in pulling almost all of Orleans County into the “wind turbine war” via submission of these two project proposals.
"They say their windmills will be 500 feet high, but they may be more like 600 feet or more. That's five times higher than St. Mary's steeple," Grindstone Islander Chuck Ebbing stated. "I told our grandchildren that if we are not careful all they will see when they look at Clayton is a field of blinking lights," he told the board and audience at Dodge Hall, where the meeting was held.
"Wind turbines sound like these innocuous ...They've left a trail of destruction, heartache, (and they) ruin towns, and I see why. If they really cared about the residents, they wouldn't sneak in and have you sign a confidentiality contract so that you can't tell your neighbor they're about to ruin your property, cause you so much stress from the noise, the strobe, the shadow flickering ... and the health effects. All around the world, there's a mass movement to stop it, and I think you've been duped," said Riggle.
HENDERSON HARBOR — Apex Clean Energy contends flawed methodology was used by a study that predicts impact of the proposed Galloo Island Wind Farm on property values in the town of Henderson.
"Thanks for the assistance." Yes, that's the message Taylor Quarles, Apex Clean Energy's project manager, sent to the Millwright's Local 1163 the day after Somerset had its public hearing on its new wind law. Quarles was thanking the union for sending 40 to 50 union men to occupy seats, so many seats that Somerset Town Supervisor Dan Engert had to ask everyone in attendance at our small town hall to get back into their cars and drive over to the Barker school cafeteria, to reconvene the meeting, so that everyone could have a seat. These guys marched into our meeting with new hats from Apex -- embroidered with orange wind turbines -- and "Fear Not the Wind" stickers on their jackets. Quarles' letter of thanks of Feb. 2, the day after the hearing, to Brian Scruton, Millwrights Council Rep, stated that he was "personally grateful" for "our strongest showing ever for a public event." Quarles added "those who are opposed to progress in this area" (that's apparently anyone who opposes Apex's 620-foot industrial wind turbines here) "will stop at nothing in their attempt to keep renewable energy projects from coming to upstate New York. You heard the mis-information and the attacks on working people and the farmers of our area. Your ongoing support will be important as we move forward." Wait. People who oppose this project will "stop at nothing?" Now there's an accusation. We are not The Mob. We're just residents who don't want our raptors chopped, our lands blighted, and our residents' health possibly affected by hulking towers amid our homes. Yes, our voices are strong, but hey, when you work hard for what you have, and suddenly some Virginia company comes around and tells you what's going to go down in your neighborhood, you will speak out strongly. Quarles' letter also implies that if Somerset residents don't want wind turbines here that we are attacking "working people and farmers." We also work. We also appreciate the hard work of those who farm in Somerset. Now the Town of Yates has scheduled its own public hearing April 21 on its own newly revised wind law. Two surveys in that town revealed that Yates residents are also strongly opposed to Apex. The letter mentions"continued ongoing support". Is this a hint that Yates will see these and more union guys at this next hearing? Anyway, the Yates Town Supervisor is prepared, since he has scheduled the public hearing at the Lyndonville school auditorium. This way there will be enough seats, both for residents of Somerset and Yates, and for any out-of-town Apex "guests". Apex is trying hard to create the illusion of public opinion beginning to turn in their favor. There is good news in all of this: On March 28, former NYS Attorney General Dennis Vacco, presently the attorney for the Town of Somerset, has requested Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to begin a formal investigation of Apex Clean Energy for their deceptive business practices. There are more Apex hijinx. Anyone who wants interesting reading can view more of the accusations as well as the Exhibits -- like Quarles' letter -- on the NYS Public Service Commission's website, Case 14-F-0485. It remains to be seen whether Apex will clean up its act and follow NY State's Code of Ethics for wind companies, or continue business as usual, just skipping the telltale thank you notes. -- Christine Bronson is a Barker resident
The proposed Horse Creek Wind Farm south of Clayton will impact many people along the St. Lawrence River and the North Country.
Residents of both affected towns have responded in opposition in multiple surveys. The Somerset Town Board is 100 percent opposed and the Yates town supervisor, who had not opposed it, was voted out of office in November. The legislatures in Niagara and Orleans counties are on record against it. New York State Sen. Rob Ortt told a packed meeting at the Barker Fire Hall on Dec. 8, “This project needs to stop. My focus is to kill the project.”
The eight to 10 towers planned for the town of Bellmont will be in excess of 500 feet tall, Bellmont Supervisor H. Bruce Russell said Monday, although New York state law limits such structures to 400 feet. Representatives of EDP Renewables, the company that has taken over the Jericho Rise proposal, have said they plan to seek a variance from state law in order to build the taller towers.
A $19,600 study led by the Potsdam-based Clarkson University School of Business to research various impacts of the 31-turbine project was approved Wednesday by the Town Council. The study — to be expanded if more towns participate — will explore the potential impact of Albany-based Hudson Energy’s project on Henderson’s economy, waterfront viewshed and property values.
This piece appeared in the Buffalo News.