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Wind energy and mining moratoriums extended in Shelby

For six more months, there won’t be wind turbines or stone quarries.

The Town of Shelby approved the extension of six month moratoriums for wind energy and mining. Prior to their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night, the town held separate hearings regarding the two issues. Both hearings were open to the public, but none of the residents in attendance spoke on the topics.

The town has hired consultants and has commissioned land-use attorney Daniel Spitzer of the Hodgson and Russ firm in Buffalo as their wind energy legal counsel.

Another issue discussed at the meeting was the passing of Assembly bill and a proposed bill in the Senate that would take away siting authority from the local governments and put the power in the hands of the state’s Public Service Commission. These proposed measures do not sit well with Town Supervisor Merle Draper.

“This is very problematic for the upstate communities,” Draper said. “They need to clearly understand that we’re opposed to this legislation. This would take away home rule and have an adverse financial impact on communities.”

The board unanimously passed a resolution opposing the measures proposed by the state Legislature.

The resolution was passed by a neighboring township and then sent to the Town of Shelby, according to Draper.

By Robert Harding

The Journal-Register

11 July 2007