Wyoming County promotes itself as having more wind turbines than any county in New York State.
But plans to add a new wind farm in the Town of Orangeville are facing stifff resistance from several hundred residents.
Calling themselves ‘Clear Skies Over Orangeville,’ the group is challenging the project because the turbines would be located too close to homes.
“It is about the people who live here and what they will be subjected to, and if they will be able to stay here,” said concerned resident, Lynn Lomanto.
The residents are worried that low-frequency turbine noise, called infra-sound, will make many homes in the small community unliveable.
So far, ‘Clear Skies Over Orangeville’ have taken the matter to court twice – both times unsuccessfully.
“It seems to be all for the money,” adds ‘Clear Skies’ President, Cathi Orr.
Fighting the expansion has been an uphill battle for the group because land-lease agreements for the installation of turbines offers cash-poor farmers, and town governments, a source of much needed income.
‘Clear Skies” is now one of many concerned nationwide groups that have contacted Congress urging them to let the ‘Wind Production Tax Credit’ expire at the end of the month.