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Wind power struggles in Cohocton

Judge Marianne Furfure heard arguments today brought by Cohocton Wind Watch, an anti-windmill group that says the Town of Cohocton did not comply with the State Environmental Quality Review Act when it changed its zoning regulations to make way for a project propsed by developer UPC Wind.

UPC Wind wants to build fifty 500-foot wind turbines in the hillsides scattered in and around Cohocton. They will lease farmland from local farmers and then sell that power to local energy distributors.

The Town of Cohocton argues that the project will help out the local farming community because they will be making money from UPC Wind, and they believe it is a step towards bringing more green power possibilities into Steuben County.

But, neighbors fear noise pollution and other environmental dangers associated with the project. They say the town did not properly file an Environmental Impact Statement, required by New York State Law.

Judge Furfure will hand down her decision in two weeks on whether the Town of Cohocton should head back to the drawing board.

By: Ana Liss


8 May 2007