A Jll Reader Contribution:
This letter in the Buffalo News is so typical of wind developer messaging spin. This letter could have been written for hundreds of wind projects in the US, with only a few edits made in this case to add in some local/state factors. It is probably based on a sample form letter in the wind biz playbook.
Likely submitted by a leaseholder but written by the developer, Apex.
Here is what this letter is really saying:
“We, the developer, will tell you what you need to know when we think you need to know it. Allow us to finish the various steps in the process without the distraction of all the public fuss you are creating out there. It is not helpful. Please be quiet as things take their unstoppable course toward eventual completion of the project. You will have ample opportunity to speak but we would prefer that you hold off with your nasty questions until we have this thing pretty well wrapped up and momentum is completely on our side.
If you will kindly allow us to educate you about the project and not be influenced by all the hysteria, you will come to appreciate that this project is going to have a benign effect on your community. Relax.
We have boxes we have to check and all this controversy makes it harder for us to do that. You are dragging this out unnecessarily.
After we have submitted our final application, and preferably after the turbines are up and running, then we will give full attention to any unresolved issues you may have. You will be able to submit comments then by registered mail to our offices in Virginia.
Again, please relax, folks. You are letting yourselves get all worked up. It’s unnecessary.”
THE BUFFALO NEWS
Letter: Patience, education key to understanding project
on September 23, 2016
I think there’s some confusion about the permitting process for wind farms in New York. The multiyear process is very complex, but understanding it can dispel a lot of myths.
Right now, Lighthouse Wind is in the pre-application stage. The company behind the proposed project, Apex Clean Energy, is in the second year of all sorts of studies that look at how a wind farm may impact different species and the surrounding environment. The studies are still going on, but when they’re completed, everyone can see the results in its final application.
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