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Castile board backs 1-year moratorium on wind turbines

CASTILE – The Town Board has approved a one-year moratorium on wind turbine development.

The moratorium was unanimously approved at the meeting attended by more than 100 area residents and people owning cottages on Silver Lake. The vote produced applause and cheering from those attending.

Board members also approved a resolution appointing the Town of Perry lead agency for the State Environmental Quality Review process, on the proposed Dairy Hills Wind Farm.

The appointment would be contingent that public scooping is involved; at least two Castile Town Board members attended each meeting on the issue; and an independent consultant be hired for Castile to review the entire process.

Public scooping is a more in-depth process in which applicants, agencies and municipalities can identify topics, which should be covered, so the SEQR can address relevant issues.

“What satisfied Perry, Covington and Warsaw may not, and likely will not, satisfy the town of Castile,” said Supervisor Joseph Gozelski.

Portions of Castile are included in the Dairy Hills Wind Farm proposed by Horizon Wind Energy company. The company would place a total of 60 to 80 energy-producing wind turbines in an area also including Perry, Covington and Warsaw.

Councilman Stephen Tarbell submitted the moratorium resolution. He said he’s spent the past four months reading articles on the issue, trying to sort out which information is valid and visited wind farms on the Tug Hill plateau.

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The moratorium was unanimously approved at the meeting attended by more than 100 area residents and people owning cottages on Silver Lake. The vote produced applause and cheering from those attending.

Board members also approved a resolution appointing the Town of Perry lead agency for the State Environmental Quality Review process, on the proposed Dairy Hills Wind Farm.

The appointment would be contingent that public scooping is involved; at least two Castile Town Board members attended each meeting on the issue; and an independent consultant be hired for Castile to review the entire process.

Public scooping is a more in-depth process in which applicants, agencies and municipalities can identify topics, which should be covered, so the SEQR can address relevant issues.

“What satisfied Perry, Covington and Warsaw may not, and likely will not, satisfy the town of Castile,” said Supervisor Joseph Gozelski.

Portions of Castile are included in the Dairy Hills Wind Farm proposed by Horizon Wind Energy company. The company would place a total of 60 to 80 energy-producing wind turbines in an area also including Perry, Covington and Warsaw.

Councilman Stephen Tarbell submitted the moratorium resolution. He said he’s spent the past four months reading articles on the issue, trying to sort out which information is valid and visited wind farms on the Tug Hill plateau.

Tarbell said people do three or four months research to buy a car and up to a year to buy a house. He said his personal turning point was a Horizon pamphlet mentioning a decision not to pursue such a project in Long Island, due to adverse visual impacts.

“This whole process had been overwhelming,” Tarbell said. “This is a multimillion dollar project and I haven’t even seen the original application yet.”

He said the moratorium can always be shortened or amended if need be. Gozelski said the measure was a decision by the Town Board as a whole.

Twenty-eight people had signed up to speak during the meeting’s public comment portion. Many were from Silver Lake and all were against placing wind turbines within the town.



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APR 17 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/2196-castile-board-backs-1-year-moratorium-on-wind-turbines
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