CLAYTON — Signaling that the footprint of its former proposal could grow, the developer of the Horse Creek wind project plans to erect meteorological towers in the towns of Clayton, Orleans, Brownville and Lyme.
Hungry for recycled taxpayer money funneled into the so-called “green” energy agenda by state and federal subsidies, Apex (no so) Clean Energy LLC apparently brought in an invasion of union workers to chastise the Somerset Town Board at its own hearing on Feb. 1.
The reason? Somerset amended its own local zoning law. As a Somerset resident and farm owner, I resent the intrusion of union workers who do not live in Somerset. It would appear that Apex paraded them into our public hearing meeting to protest Somerset’s amended local law.
Industrial wind turbine facility would effectively make my town unfit for habitation of people, and irreversibly damage the ambient quiet countryside that I moved here to enjoy.
Somerset town residents pay town taxes, and therefore have the right to have a say in our own town government. The Somerset Town Board was very accommodating to the influx of iron workers apparently invited to our public hearing by the wind corporation.
One construction worker said that Apex had contacted many local construction companies about potential jobs. Actually the reality is that in many wind projects, out-of-state construction crews are brought in by the wind company. In February of 2015, Vermillion, Illinois, not only did Apex bring in out-of-state contractors to construct their wind project, the leaseholders there ended up with mechanic liens on their lands, as Apex did not pay them at that time.
With Apex's reputation in other wind projects akin to snake-oil salesmen, it's obvious that the Town of Somerset is correct to do its due diligence to protect the natural environment, its own people’s health, safety, welfare, and property values, along with the comprehensive plan of the town.
An unbiased ad hoc committee was drafted to write this new zoning law. It had included the two Apex salesmen, along with citizens on both sides of the issue. Somerset tried to come up with a protective plan for the town suited to its character and its people. These meetings, taking place over a six-month period, were open to the public. The new 54-page law can be found on Somerset’s website.
The first in a long list of town findings states: “Short-sighted planning has often resulted in creation of problem industries that adversely affect public health and quality of life. Examples are found in Somerset, as well as in many other areas of Western New York. Wind energy facilities are not exempt from these findings.”
We will not sacrifice our homes, farms, and natural environment for a few pieces of silver. We have seen repeated lawsuits occurring in other wind turbine facilities because of negative impacts such as noise, that drive people out of their homes.
We are thankful that the Somerset Town Board is striving to preserve the valuable Lake Ontario natural migratory flyways, environment, along with protection of our property values. Once destroyed by slipshod placement of an industrial wind turbine facility, any attempt to rectify the situation then is impossible. Forever too little, too late.
The biggest insult is that the out-of-state Apex LLC tried to intimidate the Somerset Town Board with a veiled suggestion of a lawsuit. Despite the questionable ethics of Apex's history of mechanics liens on unsuspecting farmers, their attempt to craft the local law by intimidation Monday night went beyond the pale when they suggested that this revamped town zoning law would not hold up in court.
Thank you, Somerset Town Board for your patience and loyalty to your citizenry.
I have lived through a carelessly sited wind project in Wyoming County. The result of living in too close proximity to 450-foot turbines resulted in destruction of the rural character, quality of life, and many other negative impacts mentioned in the findings of the Somerset amended local law. You cannot mitigate the damage done to relationships between family members, as well as the damage done permanently between lifelong friends and neighbors, dividing the town forever.
Therefore I agree with Somerset’s due diligence in the amending of the local law and agree with this statement when they say, “Local communities have, through site plan approval, regulation, and careful planning, been primary protectors of their citizenry.”
You have a right to object to industrial wind crapping up your community and screwing up your home investment and domestic lifestyles.
"In the United States today, we have more than our share of nattering nabobs of negativism. They have formed their own 4-H club -- the hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history."
To ignore the opportunity to send your comments to the New York State Public Service Commission matters regarding proposed wind development in the Golden Crescent and Thousand Islands Region falls right into the hands of the developers.
Sen. Sanders better check with his Vermont constituents about the popularity of wind energy.
Feb. 7, 2016 4:30 p.m. ET
Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders in December introduced a sweeping renewable-energy plan that would, among other things, require tens of thousands of new wind turbines. Sen. Sanders’s “people before polluters” proposal may help rally his followers, but it won’t be so well received in rural America, where resistance to wind farms has been building. Nowhere is the backlash stronger than in Mr. Sanders’s state.
In July the town board of Somerset, N.Y., voted to oppose a proposed 200-megawatt project known as Lighthouse Wind. And the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a ban on large wind turbines in the county’s unincorporated areas.
Members of the public who have concerns regarding proposals that would sacrifice large areas of New York State to industrial wind are given the opportunity to express those concerns directly to the New York State Public Service Commission.
In the case of the western NY Apex Energy-Lighthouse Wind matter nearly 700 public comments have been submitted to the New York State Public Service Commission.You can view them here and add your comment at this link.In doing so, your comment will then become a part of the public record.
Wind developers would like nothing more than to have you ignore the matter and NOT make your voice known.
Wind company's desperation showed at Somerset hearing
By Cathi Orr
Hungry for recycled taxpayer money funneled into the so-called "green" energy agenda by state and federal subsidies, Apex (not so) Clean Energy LLC apparently brought in an invasion of union workers to chastise the Somerset Town Board at its own hearing on Feb. 1. The reason? Somerset is trying to amend its own local zoning law.
As a Somerset resident and farm owner, I resent the intrusion of union workers who do not live in Somerset. It would appear that Apex paraded them into our public hearing to protest changes in the rules for siting wind turbines — in our town.
Proposed industrial wind turbines would be become the most significant feature of Jefferson County's Thousand Island and Golden Crescent skyline.
At the February 4 Town of Clayton Planning Board meeting, attended by an estimated seventy five citizens and Jenny Briot from AVANGRID, INC., Thousand Island residents and taxpayers learned that the proposed Horse Creek industrial wind project will be twice as big as originally proposed.
Although the Clayton meeting was well attended, a large number of Jefferson County taxpayers and homeowners from Jefferson County's Golden Crescent and Thousand Island Regions were unable to attend since a large portion of the lake and river tax base affected is seasonal and away for the winter months.
Iberdrola is a Spanish Company. AVANGRID, Inc. (the “Company”) is integrated into the group of companies controlled by Iberdrola, S.A. and, as a result, is a “controlled company” within the meaning of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) rules.
At the Clayton meeting, it was announced that the new version of the immense Horse Creek industrial wind zone will consist of wind turbines rated at 2.5 to 3.5 megawatts and the total rating of the proposed project would be 250 megawatts. That would mean as many as 100 turbines. Newer turbines in other New York State industrial wind zones are close to 600 ft. high to take advantage of elevated winds.
AVANGRID intends to receive Clayton permitting for as many as three meteorological towers and is expected to be approaching neighboring towns for additional met towers. The newer met towers would be necessary for data more appropriate to consideration of turbines that could be 200 ft. taller than those on Wolfe Island. The top of a six hundred foot wind tower can be seen as far as thirty miles.
The editors of the Albany Times Union (TU) are all in on Governor Cuomo’s renewable energy initiatives – making no distinction between solar and large scale wind. Easy for them. It’s all the same “stuff” when you sit in Albany.
Most readers of the TU live in a part of New York State where a major wind project is inconceivable. Most TU readers have no understanding of what a large wind farm looks like in person, and they have never heard it suggested that someday one could come close to them. All they know is that any wind farm in New York State would be “out there or up there somewhere” – having some vague notion what rural NY looks like west and north of Syracuse. My bet is that some on the editorial board of the TU are not much better informed.
In April 2013 this email was sent to Thousand Island Residents:
Several years ago when Shell Oil was dabbling in wind power (they soon got out of that sideline) they were prospecting for a wind farm development site up in the Helderberg Mountain area of western Albany County (including the Towns of Berne and East Berne) Shell picked the wrong area to go prospecting. Many people live in western Albany County because of its extraordinary scenic vistas – including more than a few very well connected people. The local town councils summarily dismissed Shell’s proposals and they left as quickly as they came. No wind developer has been spotted in the area any time since.
The Town of Berne is one of those rural communities in New York that will never have to worry about having its local ordinances overruled by Article 10. No wind developer is going to go anywhere near the place. Berne could legislate a total and complete ban on any form of wind development and it would be nothing more than symbolic legislation. As a practical matter, it would never be challenged.
It is my contention that Cape Vincent and Hammond and Clayton could have sent the same "you're not welcome here" message to wind developers a decade ago if the seasonal residents had been more attuned to the threat and if certain opportunistic local politicians/landowners had not seen fit to compromise their towns for personal gain.
Does Clayton remain conflicted to this day about a wind developer being welcome -- or not?
Albany Times Union
Editorial: Clean energy goal in sight
February 5, 2016
Albany Times Union Photo
Action is needed now to meet the state's plan to increase renewable energy sources.
Read the Albany Times Union Editorial at this link.
WATERTOWN — Police will probably never know who posted confidential information about city firefighter and former City Council candidate Todd R. DeMar during last fall’s election.
Detective Lt. Joseph R. Donoghue Sr. said Friday that Google could not provide the identity of who posted information about Mr. DeMar’s confidential personnel employment history on then-Mayor Jeffrey E. Graham’s blog, “The Mayor’s View.”
CLAYTON — A plan to restore water levels of the St. Lawrence River back to historic norms was a major talking point at a summit focused on combatting invasive species.
Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, met with stakeholders including nonprofit St. Lawrence river keeper Save the River, the Lake George Fund, representatives from Warren County and representatives from Canada, at the Thousand Islands Harbor Hotel on Friday to discuss ways to keep invasive species out of the river.
Activist urges Cuomo to fill vacancy on wind power siting board
on February 3, 2016 - 4:39 PM
SOMERSET – The president of Save Ontario Shores, a citizen group opposing the construction of a large wind power project in Somerset and Yates, on Wednesday released a letter she wrote to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, urging him to fill a vacant seat on the siting board which will consider whether to approve the project.
Pamela R. Atwater, whose husband, Randall B. Atwater, was appointed to the board by the State Senate, wrote in the letter that the Assembly has not made a choice for the board, as the law governing the siting process directs. In that case, the law gives Cuomo 45 days to make a choice.