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Much of what used to be one of the most beautiful areas in New York has been turned into a sprawling industrial wind factory. Many of my friends' homes have been rendered virtually worthless. Let's be real. Would you buy and move your family into a home with towers that are 430-plus feet tall, with 7-ton blades spinning overhead, only hundreds of feet from your home?
As this letter is being written, people are being assaulted with massive amounts of construction noise and diesel fumes. Complaints from citizens are scoffed at by company and town government alike. Country roads are disintegrating because they are not meant to take the abuse of commercial trucks loaded with thousands of tons of industrial wind turbines, blades, nacelles, cement and stone. The Devil laughs ...
Consider the construction consequences. The pile drivers pounding in the monopoles stands will certainly disrupt the fish and fish migrations. Don't be fooled by the developers who claim wind turbines improve fishing. There is no proof. Lake Erie is already regarded as a world-class trophy fishery for bass and walleye, and we do not need wind developers to make it better.
Mr. Chandler also said shifting the wind farm five miles away from the waterfront would practically push the project out of Cape Vincent - and into the town of Lyme - and that Lyme's wind moratorium prohibits any turbines within its township.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Huge wind turbines are dotting the landscape in New York and Massachusetts, producing megawatts of green energy. So why would people living near these giant windmills want them out?
"It's too ambitious by 2030 to replace all the state's power with renewables," Angus McCrone, a senior analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance in London, said today. The projections, he said, look "unrealistic" for individual technologies. ...offshore wind turbines would cover an area of about 4,903 square miles, and onshore machines would cover a further 1,000 square miles.
This is how a wind facilty looks at night taken from 16 miles away. The camera was at Bristol Harbor Resort and the Dutch Hill wind farm is in Cohocton, NY. Duration: 44 seconds
If industrial wind turbines set up shop in her community, however, she said they'd be destroying a community that is "so peaceful and relaxing." In a 4-1 vote Thursday night the Litchfield Town Board passed a local law that will ban construction of industrial wind turbines.
Wind power - wait, not so fast, says "Windfall," Laura Israel's urgent, informative and artfully assembled documentary. An account of rural Meredith, in upstate New York, when wind turbines came to town, the film depicts the perils of a booming industry and the bitter rancor it sowed among a citizenry.
Let's not forget about all the jobs created by the wind turbine companies. The Noble Bliss wind farm, 17 jobs created. Cost per job to create $2,764 for a total cost of $46,988. Sheldon Invenergy wind farm, nine jobs created. Cost per job to create $1,477,778 for a total cost of $13,300,002! Noble Wethersfield wind farm, three jobs created. Cost per job to create $612,228 for a total cost of $1,836,684. This is what the Wyoming County IDA states it cost us as taxpayers to gain only 29 jobs with the wind turbine companies.
"It appears they're doing considerable disturbance to the land when the FEIS is supposed to look into those impacts," said Arthur D. Pundt, a resident who has tracked and argued against wind power development in the town since 2006.
The Hammond Wind Committee will visit Iberdrola's Maple Ridge Wind Farm on Saturday to get a first-hand look at an industrial wind project.
The committee's task is to assess whether the county should be for or against possible siting of an up-to-166 turbine wind farm in Lake Ontario, in the Youngstown to Wilson area. That's one locale specifically referenced by New York Power Authority in its call for proposals to construct a wind farm in Lake Erie and/or Lake Ontario.
The belief that wind turbines would spoil the view from the Lake Ontario shore is the most often-cited reason for opposing the New York Power Authority's proposed wind power project, according to Niagara County Legislator David E. Godfrey, R-Wilson.
The special nature of the place that we inhabit, including the importance of the habitat and flyway, when taken with the scale of the wind energy projects proposed, the lack of a process to assess cumulative review, and the initial indications of substantial impacts to birds and bats, all lead us to conclude that wind projects proposed for our area should not proceed further until the Wolfe Island Wind post-construction wildlife impact study is completed and a cumulative wildlife impact assessment involving the US and Canadian governments has occurred.
Concerns about how a wind turbine that is proposed for farmland on Long Lane in East Hampton could affect the neighborhood and the view were aired once again at Town Hall last Thursday night, when the East Hampton Town Board had a second hearing on a permit request for the system.
I would suggest that concerned citizens of Orangeville take the time to read the more than 35 pages of corrections and comments that have been written and sent to the Town Board from the state Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and state Department of Agriculture & Markets.
Now that the Power Authority has received five proposals from developers willing to build the 166 windmills off the shores of Lake Erie, Lake Ontario or both, some county lawmakers from lakeshore districts are saying, not so fast. "I support the resolution we set up supporting the project, but we need to pay attention to the environmentals," said Legislator John Syracuse, R-Newfane. "We've got a sensitive resource there."
Many residents of Orangeville are concerned for the future of their properties. The article written by Matt Gryta does not however comment on the concerns our residents have for their homes and families. It is well documented in other wind turbine farms, such as Cohocton, that the land and environment suffer hazard brought by turbine construction in a community. Turbines are significantly detrimental to the avian wildlife in our area.
The Chautauqua County Legislature opposes the development of offshore wind power in Lake Erie. Legislators passed a motion opposing the New York Power Authority's proposal to develop wind-generating projects in the Great Lakes during its April meeting. The item was one of the last pieces of business on the legislature's agenda during the marathon four-hour long meeting.