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Wind farm developer looks for land for power lines  

The Galloo Island Wind Project hasn’t even been formally approved yet, but the developer is already looking for places to string its power lines.

Upstate New York Power, which wants to build 77 wind turbines on Galloo Island, is asking landowners in Jefferson and Oswego counties to allow electric transmission lines on their property.

According to a letter from Project Manager Thomas Hagner, the line will interconnect into the New York Independent System Operator bulk transmission grid at a new substation which will be built in the town of Parish.

The letter to property owners states:

“In order to expedite the right-of-way acquisition process, Upstate Power is offering a payment to landowners substantially in excess of the estimated fair market value for the easement. Our land agents from Gotech Land Services will be in contact with you within the next few weeks to review the exact location of the right-of-way, the payment process, explain other details about the transmission line and answer any of your questions.”

After learning that the developers were contacting area residents, Jefferson County’s Agricultural Development Corporation and Soil and Water Conservation District decided to co-host a workshop for farm owners.

The purpose of the workshop is to inform landowners about power lines routing and structures and the effects on farm operations.

“We grow concerned when we see this type of action occurring under the radar and happening quickly. Power transmission lines can adversely impact agricultural land if not installed correctly and landowners who are in agricultural districts need to be aware of their rights so they can negotiate intelligently with the power company,” said County Agricultural Coordinator Jay Matteson in a news release.

The workshop, which is also open to Oswego County residents, will be held February 14 from 7 p.m. To 9 p.m. at the Henderson Fire District Building on Route 178 in Henderson.

WWNY TV 7

29 January 2008

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