3/3/12

Wind turbines off the books for good in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Any further considerations for industrial wind turbines on the Lenox Mountain Range in the Berkshires  has been rejected unanimously by the Board of Selectmen (Town Board) of Lenox, MA. After the vote, which put industrial wind development to rest, a former member of the board urged further consideration of a conservation restriction for the Lenox Mountain Ridge Line which he called "a sacred piece of property."

When I read the article, I thought to myself, isn't the entrance to the mighty St. Lawrence River from Lake Ontario sacred, as well? How many places in the United States have a massive river of fresh water dotted with over a Thousand Islands?

I believe the land in our town is sacred and unique and should be preserved rather than given away to foreign interests in a subsidy mining venture.

Why is turning our town of Cape Vincent over to British Petroleum so they could litter it with industrial wind even an option?

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's was an option only because of the powerful emotion "greed", and people who have no idea what this "one of a kind" area represents. The term "Lack of exposure" really explains it quite well.

From a "diapers on the line person", but had the good fortune and opportunity to travel around the world and live in other places.

Anonymous said...

Rick,the only reason it has been an option is because our previous government decided to discard and ignore the established guidelines of our Comprehensive Plan and zoning law,that by all reasonable,objective, interpretation would preclude industrial wind turbines.

It is now in the hands of our new government to decide this question you ask-"why is industrial wind development even an option in our community?"

When you consider the negative impacts it poses to our scenic resources,(both river/lakeview, and rural landscape), our abundant natural resources,including avian wildlife, public health and welfare, property values, and the obvious social discord it has produced, it seems the answer is clear.

It should not be an option!!

Readers of this blog,should express your views to your government committees now ,while our future is being planned.

Anonymous said...

Wiley does not want any changes at all...

RWiley said...

Not a fair statement, 11:12.

I lived in a dynamic and prospering community before I retired back home in Cape Vincent.

When I moved to my former home, it was a dying farm community.

But, the community did not give up. It started an industrial park, attracted many diverse businesses and new homes and schools followed.

Not one of those new industries impacted the community to the extent of preventing further development and destroying existing home values, health and lifestyle. Or, the ecology.

That is what industrial wind does to a community.

Anonymous said...

"Wiley does not want any changes at all..."

Holy crap! This issue isn't about change or no change; it's not about stopping growth and change. Rather it is all about APPROPRIATE growth and change.

More people should read our Town an Village's 2003 Comprehensive Plan. That plan encourages all kind of growth and development, but it never said putting up 150, 400+ ft twirling towers was a great idea.

In the end, more jobs will come from Metal Craft and Roxy than 10 big, foreign wind projects. More importantly, Metal Craft and Roxy are APPROPRIATE growth, while big wind is not.

TI said...

11:12,

How do you make the leap from:

Wiley doesn't want industrial scale wind development to

"Wiley does not want any changes at all..." ???

Explain please.

You know -- I have asked this question a hundred times over a few years on this blog -- "How will large scale wind development benefit the community as a whole?"

Still waiting for an answer on that one. Apparently nobody is prepared to make that case.

Anonymous said...

Good to see our new council is going to not only ban wind but ban smoking outside in the village. Ive always wanted to live in a fascist town, thanks Councilman Byrne for looking out for us!!!

SBD said...

"Growth and Development" is fine with you as long as it doesn't affect your property values. Just tell anyone who doesn't like it to shut up. Right? Again, the voting was not about wind but about a regime change due to corruption.Wind isn't the only issue that corrupts civic leaders. The voting was for positive change, and with all the self approval, how much has really been done to improve the community in 20 years? After all, it's only been 3 years there's been a Democrat in the White House to blame the economic problems on, and the last democrat left with a budget surplus. Pat yourselves on the back some more. If anything good actually does manage to come your way you can take all the credit, and profit from it. The rest of us still pay the tab.

Lush Rimjob said...

Rick Wiley really is a GOP ass wipe, he lets himself be told what to do by his little circle jerk of friends. Morons wiht no minds of their own who listen to Lush Rimjob to get their opinions straight. This mentality is failing and is imploding. It's like inbreeding stupidity as a strong family trait. Hitler was a socialist, too. Cape Vincent will become a factory town like Freeport, Maine, and China will be more than happy to fill the shelves with lead products.

DOUG R said...

AN EXCELLENT QUESTION ABOUT WHY EVEN CONSIDER THE OPTION OF SITING. OF COURSE THEN WE MIGHT WANT TO ASK THAT QUESTION OF THE NEW ZONING COMMITTEE IN CAPE VINCENT WHO IT SEEMS NOBODY IS PAYING ATTENTION TO AND WHO IS CONSIDERING AN INDUSTRIAL WIND OVERLAY DISTRICT WHICH MIGHT GIVE BP THAT EXACT OPTION.

Anonymous said...

If we let Wind Turbines be built in this Town.We all lose! BIGTIME!Period!

Anonymous said...

Then the town must be sure the proper setbacks, height restrictions, noise limitations, protections against bird and bat kills and safety concerns are included in the new town ordinance.