Happy Spring, everyone! We have some new items up on our website and we hope you’ll take a look. This newly redesigned website represents hours and hours of work by some of our wonderfully talented volunteers. We hope you find some useful information there.
This map is located on our homepage and the leases & easements page. You can click on this map, enlarge it, and see where the turbines, to the best of our knowledge, may be located. An alphabetical list of lease and easement signers is included on this page, as well as the number of turbines a signer may have on their property.
Niagara County Legislature Resolution IL-004-19
Legislator John Syracuse recently sponsored a resolution in the Niagara County Legislature which unanimously passed on Feb. 19, 2019. This resolution calls on Gov. Cuomo, in part, “to call on the Article 10 Siting Board to require wind turbine projects to include all the standard environmental and comprehensive health impact and environmental studies including consideration of the added potential for sleep disturbances from pulsating night noise dominated by low frequency and infrasound, especially under stable atmospheric conditions.”
Read our statement and the resolution in its entirety on our homepage.
We have a wonderful group of writers who have been published recently explaining from varying points of view, why Lighthouse Wind is the wrong project for our rural communities:
The Lockport Union Sun& Journal published on February 27 a commentary by Kate Kremer, vice-president of Save Ontario Shores, which said in part:
The state, through its Clean Energy Standard, has selected utility scale industrial wind as a “winner” in the renewable energy push, although other more environmentally friendly options exist. Rural upstate communities, which are already utilizing 88 percent non-fossil fuel energy sources, bear 100 percent of the burden of these sprawling industrial projects to meet the downstate energy needs, which are currently 70 percent fossil fuel-based. This encourages the production of energy far from the energy need.
Communities must be given the opportunity to determine what efforts are best suited to their locality. Current New York incentives are luring developers into rural towns and then Article 10 is structured to mandate that these projects proceed. As Apex’s project is currently proposed it does not meet the requirements of our town laws and, as the Galloo Island project, should also be withdrawn. Until that time citizens of Yates and Somerset will continue our involvement and vigilance.
On March 12, Jim Hoffman of Somerset wrote in the Orleans Hub:
There are better ways to “save the Planet and protect our children and grandchildren” than cluttering up the landscape with huge grotesque structures that threaten the health, welfare and lifestyle of residents… The Nature Conservancy, a widely respected environmental organization, has concluded that “conserving and restoring forests, grasslands and wetlands can deliver up to 37 percent of the emissions reductions needed to curb the climate change predicted by 2030.”
We are blessed with those features in our area. Preserving and enhancing the growth and preservation of forests, grasslands and wetlands has been public policy for years dating in Somerset, back to the original Comprehensive Plan of 1972. Local ordinances of both towns have codified this policy. We in Somerset and Yates are well aligned with those who desire a “cleaner, healthier Earth.” The proposed Lighthouse Wind project is in direct conflict with this and is in violation of Town Law.
In the Buffalo News on March 22, Christine Bronson, Somerset town board member, pointed out:
We object to the tons of cement and rebar that would be buried for life in our fields, the noise and infrasound that would be generated, the raptors that would be slaughtered by 240-foot blades (no cats up there), and the industrialization of our towns. All those who call themselves environmentalists should look at their own backyards for opportunities to fight climate change.
An opinion piece published April 1 in the Albany Times Union, April 2 in the Orleans Hub, and April 5 in the Lockport Union Sun & Journal, by Daniel M. Engert, Supervisor – Town of Somerset and James J. Simon, Supervisor – Town of Yates, included the following:
All NY municipalities retain the authority to, “…adopt and amend local laws…,” for the, “protection and enhancement of its physical and visual environment…,” and the, “government, protection, order, conduct, safety, health and well-being of persons or property therein.” (NYS Constitution, Article 2)… Governor Cuomo was clearly paying attention to the overwhelming opposition of wealthy Long Islanders when he said in his January 10, 2017, State of the State address, “I’m calling on LIPA [Long Island Power Authority] to approve a 90-megawatt wind farm. They will not be visible from the beach. They will be 30 miles southeast of Montauk. Not even Superman standing on Montauk Point could see these wind farms.” Governor Cuomo, will you pay attention to the concerns of upstate rural communities?
Add your voice! Your perspective is equally important. The newspapers and online media may not publish every letter sent but be persistent.
And, as always, we appreciate and thank you for your generous support.