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Wind Power Ethics Group opening downtown office  

CAPE VINCENT – The Wind Power Ethics Group will open a downtown office.

Chairman Urban C. Hirschey said the goal is to have a grand opening for the new office, in an old bait shop at 335 Club St., by the end of the month.

“The purpose is to have a presence in town where people can come and ask questions and get information,” Mr. Hirschey said. “We want to make sure all citizens have access to the most current and unbiased information.”

St. Lawrence Wind Farm, which has been criticized by the ethics group, opened an office at Broadway and South Point Street in January.

Mr. Hirschey said St. Lawrence Wind Farm’s draft environmental impact statement is not up to par, as evidenced by comments sent to the Planning Board.

“I would say their information is at best incomplete and at worst misleading, which leads us to believe it is biased,” Mr. Hirschey said.

St. Lawrence Wind Farm is required to submit an impact statement as part of the State Environmental Quality Review process. The purpose of an impact statement is to identify and study any adverse effects a development may have on the environment. A project can be turned down if adverse effects cannot be mitigated.

Planning Board Chairman Richard J. Edsall said public comments on the DEIS have not yet been tallied. Residents had until Friday to submit comments. Mr. Edsall estimated he has read comments from about 25 to 30 people so far. Some people turned in multiple comments, he said.

Mr. Hirschey said the group will participate in the communitywide garage sale today. Group members will sell items to benefit the organization, and will hand out informational literature.

The group is leasing the office space, Mr. Hirschey said. Eventually, the office will be open four days a week with the aid of volunteers.

By Kelly Vadney

Publication: Watertown Daily Times (Watertown, NY)

Publication Date: 06/16/2007

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

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