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Gary Abraham, the lawyer representing the Citizens Coalition and advocating for the concerns of the Swartzentruber Amish in the Farmersville area, also filed an extensive issues statement on a myriad of issues of concern to the coalition, including noise, wetland, seismic risk and other impacts. Abraham said, “These are not the Bliss and Eagle turbines. People who point to those and say, ‘hey, they are not that bad’, have no idea what they are talking about. These are up to 200 feet higher, 600 feet in total height. The town board votes in Freedom and Farmerville to put these 700 feet from residents’ property lines should be criminal.”
Of the combined 14 speakers in the two sessions, only one, Pinckney Supervisor Sherry Harmych, spoke in favor of the project. The others were all members of the Tug Hill Alliance for Rural Preservation, referred to as THARP. Half of those who spoke are part-time, seasonal or full-time residents in the project area. “It’s important they feel their voices can be considered when a decision is raised,” said Rebecca Sheldon, co-founder of THARP.
Citing factors like the noise, the light flicker, the confidentiality of the project, the experimental nature of the larger turbines, and even environmental and financial effects. Karl Katen, who petitioned locals, described why they were at the meeting "To prove this point that people in this area does not want these wind turbines.
On March 15, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, the law firm representing Specialties Company, LLC of Indianapolis, Indiana, filed mechanic’s liens against real properties in Arkwright under lease agreements with wind company EDP Renewables. According to lien documents, Akrwight Summit Wind Farm, with consent from the property owners, engaged the services of subcontractor White Construction, Inc., also of Indiana. ...Although the work has been completed, the mechanic’s lien says that White Construction has not been paid in full. “The total agreed price ...was $6,109,037.28 of which $3,548,568.30 remains unpaid."
Public concern and involvement did stop an ill cited major Industrial Wind Turbine project. The Galloo Project has fluctuated through several variations over the last 12 years. The withdrawal has come unfortunately, with the caveat that Apex is “open to initiating the project (again) when the time is right.” When does no really mean no! When does the bullying and harassment of a small rural community by huge billion-dollar companies stop!
The ongoing push by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his pals in the wind industry to cover rural New York State with industrial wind factories is a needless attack on our natural environment, and the health, safety and welfare of citizens and targeted communities.
Moreno-Caballero calls for even more stringent noise limits at night: “An outdoor limit of 45 dBA during the nighttime may not be sufficiently protective if residents have open windows, a condition that may occur during the summer and as a result outdoor limits should be between 40 dBA to 42 dBA Leq-8-hour.” No recommendation was made for average night noise exposure of wind turbines in the WHO-2018 guidelines as currently “quality of evidence … is too low to allow a recommendation.”
In the case of colossal wind turbines, town officials are willing to see them erected on hilltops in a manner that devastates the country setting. Some people living both in Allegany those years ago and today in the towns of Freedom, Farmersville and everywhere the Alle-Catt wind farm is proposed worked all their lives to be able to enjoy their rural homes among the woods and ridges of Cattaraugus, Allegany and Wyoming counties. Six-hundred-foot wind turbines will destroy that lifestyle for someone.
Soon after, the board opened up the floor for public comments, and many voiced their concerns over the recent testing. Local resident Joni Riggle suggested “shadow flicker detection systems,” but quickly became unruly. “People should experience what 20 minutes of shadow flicker is like. In fact, I’d like to show you.”
Supervisor Robert Karcher said Friday ... the town plans to complete and resubmit an environmental assessment form for the proposed town wind turbine law to the Cattaraugus County Planning Board for its review when considering whether to address the wind law.
It is past time that Apex cease all activity related to Lighthouse Wind. The power is not needed, the power is not clean, and the project as proposed violates local law. ...We do not want to leave an unhealthy, polluted, distorted, noisy, bird carcass-littered landscape to future generations.
“We have received nine complaints about noise,” Fred Norton, town supervisor noted at the last Arkwright Town Board meeting. “I have instructed our engineer, who we hired to supervise the construction of the project, to do the noise testing.”
Residents of Fredonia, Sinclairville and Arkwright presented research and shared what they viewed at best as annoyances and at worst negative health effects concerning the area wind farms. This outpouring of concern follows the negative comments given at a recent Chautauqua County Legislature meeting. The ongoing wind farm project has been the object of controversy and complaints for months, and residents at the health board meeting attempted to share specific health-based complaints.
Other residents, like Michael Wootton of Wainscott, were concerned the project was far more extensive than what they were privy to. The fear is that what BOEM is considering has doubled in size since it was first proposed, laying the groundwork for a larger plan. The plan submitted to BOEM suggests the project has grown to a 180-megawatt wind farm with two 230-kilovolt transmission cables coming to shore or to potentially an offshore substation.
The ongoing wind farm project has been the object of controversy and complaints for months, and residents at the health board meeting attempted to share specific health-based complaints. One resident said the the World Health Organization commented on acceptable noise from wind turbines, stating that 45 decibels is the maximum level that should be allowed.
"The windmills, if they are constructed on Galloo Island will harm wildlife," said Dean Whitmer, president of the Henderson Business and Community Council. "Property values are going to drop for homes that are in the view shed of these windmills."
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello told The Post-Journal it is heartbreaking to hear the horror stories from residents experiencing the problems, especially listening stories about how children are being affected. “When you are hearing stories about 4-year-old children having issues, you know they’re not making it up. (The wind farms) are having a real impact,” he said.
Lewis County residents should be on high alert in the years to come as the wind industry is in the process of gaining approval to build more wind farms across the county with little if any benefit to the taxpayers. The county leaders now in place are falling for it hook, line and sinker.
On Sept. 10, Paul Williamson of Apex appeared before the town board in Yates, proud to announce that finally, after more than four years, a preliminary project layout for the Lighthouse Wind project would be presented on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. Unbelievably, it was also announced that this great public unveiling would not be in Yates or Somerset but at the Ridgeway fire hall on Route 104 in Medina. A subsequent letter was presented to the Yates and Somerset town boards which confirmed those details.
“I am so upset, EDP was asked not to put turbines within viewshot by the county planning board. It is a nightmare, a sonic nightmare, a visual nightmare. It sounded like sneakers in a laundromat. The campground is surrounded, it’s a toxic environment. Who’s going to want to camp here?”