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David Gibson, executive director of The Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, agreed that the ecological treasures New York could lose in the wake of wind farm construction and operation are too great to risk just for the generation of green power. "We all, everyone in this room probably, are committed to moving us toward a more sustainable path," Gibson said. "We all want clean, green, much more friendly habits, but we don't think tall industrial structures on ridge lines anywhere is good public policy."
The West Babylon High School auditorium was packed with many Babylon area residents and others from surrounding communities on the South Shore on July 10 for a public hearing regarding Long Island Power Authority’s wind park proposal. Many local residents, town officials and New York State legislators stated their opposition to the project, citing environmental concerns and expenses that would be detrimental to taxpayers in the future.
"Last night was a shocker," Nicolette Nye, a spokeswoman for Minerals Management, said Tuesday after the first night of hearings. She has conducted similar hearings on projects up and down the East Coast, she said, including on Cape Cod, where another controversial wind farm is proposed. But she said nothing had prepared her for Long Island. "People here are much more...passionate."
Supervisor Pat Eaton said the hearing is required by state law for the wind mill issue as the town has called for a moratorium, or suspension of activity, until the planning board can research the matter. The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 in the town hall and the public is encouraged to attend to give their thoughts and opinions on the matter.
For at least the next six months, there will be no work done on a proposed stone quarry in the Town of Shelby. The Town Board declared moratoriums on mining as well as windmill construction Tuesday.
SOMERSET — The Town Board on Tuesday approved ordinances for both residential and commercial windmills....Residential windmills can be 150-feet high ... Commercial windmills, which will produce power directly into the power grid, may be 450-feet high.
In summary, large-scale wind machines are a bad idea for the Town of Warsaw but great for offshore and remote areas. Large machines greater than (say) 125 rotor diameter should be prohibited. The Town might consider policies to foster small-scale wind equipment, other small-scale "appropriate" energy technologies and energy efficiency. The proposed regulatory framework amounts to a slippery slope. Please don't go there.
It’s the question Town of Perry lawmakers had to face Monday night, should 60 giant wind turbines be set up in that Wyoming County town?
SILVER CREEK - A local law on wind energy sources was the topic of a public hearing Monday before the Hanover Town Board.
He expects the plan will reflect changing issues facing municipal officials. In the same way towns had to scurry about 10 years ago to address concerns over cell phone antenna towers, town officials today must prepare for new concerns, such as wind turbines and solar panels.
ALBION — Moratoriums were the theme of the Orleans County Planning Board on Thursday night. Planners recommended approval for six-month moratoriums on wind energy development and mining operations in the Town of Shelby, as well as moratoriums on wind energy systems and high-density housing in the Town of Albion.
Rathbun said he was concerned that if the town enacted a moratorium now — when no major developments or wind-turbine projects were pending — it might not be able to handle a project once one was proposed.
More than 150 lawyers and interested citizens showed up Friday for Albany Law School's day-long discussion on windpower in New York.
A group of residents has hired an attorney in connection with proposals to build a wind farm in the town of Cape Vincent. Wind Power Ethics Group, made up of approximately 30 people, wants a moratorium on development of commercial wind power facilities.
Five families in the rural Steuben County Town of Howard have brought a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court seeking to nullify the Wind Energy Facilities (WEF) law adopted by the Howard Town Board in February 2006.
MALONE, N.Y. (AP) - Residents of a northern New York town have a message for wind-farm developers: Not in my back yard.
MALONE — The 15 or so people in attendance applauded Wednesday night when the Malone Town Council adopted a local law that severely restricts the construction of wind towers.
Albany Law School will host a one-day conference examining the legal issues involved with siting wind turbines on June 16.
After an "Article 78" was filed against the Town of Cohocton Windmill Local Law and service upon the Cohocton Supervisor – Jack Zigenfus, the board acknowledged the serious nature of the action by passing a motion to re-write a new windmill local law.
The village of Clayton planning board is taking steps towards developing a wind farm in the town of Clayton.