PRATTSBURGH, N.Y. – “I hate to say it but to me something stinks. That’s all I have to say,” said landowner Al Muscianese.
It’s anger over what Prattsburgh residents are saying is against the law.
“Laws are being broken, deals are being made under the table,” said another landowner James Hall.
Protests over windfarm
Over the last two years, landowners in Prattsburgh have been fighting against selling their land to a private company looking to build wind farms. But as our Mariah Sparks explains, after last night’s town board meeting it appears they lost that battle.
The deals he is talking about were made between a private enterprise company called UPC and the town board of Prattsburgh. UPC wanted to place underground cables on their property to run the wind farms. If property owners didn’t agree to sale portions off their land the town board could overrule them. The town did overrule them with the sanction of eminent domain where the government has the right to seize their property without their consent.
The homeowners are disappointed and stand by their firm beliefs that the wind farms are not good for the community.
“This project will not generate any meaningful electricity. We do not have the wind in this area,” said Hall.
“The turbines are too close to home owners, health and safety issues, noise, blade breakage, fire and everything else that goes along with the project, said Al Wordingham, another property owner.
UPC promises the cable lines will not affect their property once the work is done.
The board said they had to make their decision last night so that UPC could continue with the project.
By: Mariah Sparks
22 April 2008
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