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Legislators from the north country must join forces to see that the radar systems at Fort Drum and in Montague are shielded from interference caused by wind turbines. Taxpayers should not subsidize industries that wreak havoc on something so critical to our national security and regional economy, and our representatives need to move on this right away.
BARRE – Recent town meetings have included many outspoken critics of a proposed wind energy project in the Town of Barre.
New York state ratepayers will pick up the tab for the Cuomo Administration’s multi-billion dollar plan to jump-start the offshore wind industry, but most won’t benefit from the energy produced.
“They are stealing our fishing grounds by placing them on our place of work. They are industrializing the ocean floor,” said Bonnie Brady, the executive director of the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association. ...Any discussion about mitigating the effect the wind turbines have on fish so they can coexist is ludicrous. “It’s like putting a junkyard in the middle of a farm field,” he said. “The noise and sounds aren’t natural to what has been going on for a million years.”
According to Ms. Jenne, she is standing alone against the onslaught of wind projects threatening Fort Drum. ...“This is going to be a difficult issue because the wind lobby has a lot of muscle,” she said. “I’m willing to stand up by myself and do what’s right ... but it’s difficult when the other house won’t even introduce the bill.”
Schroder especially wants to see emails from the company after the town board initially agreed to drop the decibel level (dBA) from 50 to 42 at a June work session on revising the town’s existing wind law. Last week, the board reverted to the 50 dBA level, but increased distance to most residences to 1,800 feet.
Following the county planning board’s decision to table its recommendation to the Hanover and Villenova town boards regarding the proposed amendments to the Ball Hill Wind Project, the Villenova Town Board passed a resolution granting the county an extension until July 30.
Representatives of the commercial fishing industry worried about the potential impact on their industry if the federal government selects sites off eastern Long Island's southern coast for wind farm development.
The Town Council once again tabled any major revisions to its tentative wind law Monday so it could absorb additional information from the developer behind the Mad River Wind Farm. “Get some answers. Do some research,” said Supervisor Tanya M. Yerdon. “We care about this project; we care about our residents, so let’s do this right.”
The proposed changes include increasing the height of the turbines from 568 feet to a maximum height of 599 feet, which will also result in increased setbacks, the removal of one of the substations (a significant source of noise) and 5.7 to 5.8 miles of overhead lines being buried at a depth of approximately four feet, which would require the addition of three parcels of land to the project.
VILLENOVA — When it comes to wind turbines, bigger is better, at least according to Mark Lyons, project manager for the Ball Hill wind energy project.
The reports pertaining to Tug Hill reinforce the warnings that many people have issued over how wind turbines interfere with vital functions of the National Weather Service and Fort Drum. Authorities in Lewis County have an obligation to take these concerns seriously as they consider new proposals on the table.
The county will give Somerset $15,000 to help with the cost of trying to stop the Lighthouse Wind project, which would bring as many as 70 turbines, each up to 620 feet tall, to Somerset and neighboring Yates.
Why is Apex still here? The opposition is educated, engaged and growing. Our message to this Virginia corporation could not be clearer from multiple fronts. Lighthouse Wind does not belong in our towns, along our lakeshore, in our migratory flyway, or near our air base, and we will keep fighting for as long as we have to. Our surveys say: Apex – go home!!
HOPKINTON – Although lawyers for wind farm developer Avangrid acknowledged that they have ceased development efforts for the North Ridge Wind Project, wind talks were the hot topic at the June 18 town council meeting.
"I think my whole neighborhood probably heard me scream, 'wahoo,'" Britton said. "I knew that I would see [the turbines] from my front windows. I moved here, to a town of 500 people and got out of a big city, for a big reason — not to be industrialized. I just can't let it happen near me."
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.
Town Supervisor Susan Wood says she can’t be bought and questions tactics used by wind developer Avangrid in its attempt to build a 27-turbine wind farm in her town.