The Town Crier

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Town of Cape Vincent Draft Zoning Ordinance will limit noise to 35 Decibels at the neighbors property line.

For the last several months, the Town of Cape Vincent Zoning Ordinance committee has been meeting every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:30 at the Town Recreation Park for the purpose of re-writing the Town of Cape Vincent's Zoning Ordinance. 

During their discussions, the committee recently recommended that the sustained noise level that any citizen should tolerate from neighboring sources should be no more than 35 Decibels (dB) as measured at a person's property line.

The more noise Cape Vincent lets
British Petroleum make, the more
money they make.
Past sound studies that were commissioned by the Town of Cape Vincent, and the Wind Energy Ethics Group showed that Cape Vincent is a very quiet place and that the ambient sound level in the Town of Cape Vincent is in the the mid-twenty dB range. However, as expected, a sound study commissioned and defended by wind developers tried to make Cape Vincent appear to be much noisier. 

During past attempts by a wind-lease-loaded committee  that was trying to develop a Town of Cape Vincent "wind law", voters for wind were asking that the town allow a 50 dB limit for the purpose of accommodating the industrial wind projects and their ability to jam in as many industrial wind turbines as possible. Jim Madden of British Petroleum took it one step further and told the town planning board, chaired by a wind lease corrupted British Petroleum partner, that the more noise we make, the more money we make.

During a visit to Cape Vincent, new British Petroleum project manager Peter Gross told Town of Cape Vincent Planning Board Chairman Richard Macsherry that British Petroleum still intends to turn quiet Cape Vincent into a 50 Decibel town.

Rather than take the advice of British Petroleum and their sound "experts" the town of Cape Vincent Zoning Committee is leaning toward the advice of independent experts, thus coming up with their 35 dB noise limit. And this has not been done without serious research and study by several local sound experts who have also befriended and have watch closely the work of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, Dearborn, MI. Rick R. James, E-Coustic Solutions, Okemos, Michigan contributed to that work and for several years has been in touch with sound researchers Chuck Ebbing of the Town of Orleans and Clif Schneider of the Town of Cape Vincent.

The Institute of Noise Control Engineering issued Guidelines for Selecting Wind Turbine Site. You can read those their findings at Pandora's Box of Rocks.





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