[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

when your community is targeted

Get weekly updates

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Stripe

Donate via Paypal

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Cape Vincent submits letter of complaint to state ahead of BP wind workshop 

Credit:  By JAEGUN LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2012, watertowndailytimes.com ~~

Fed up with BP Wind Energy’s “unresponsiveness,” town officials have filed a complaint asking the state Public Service Commission to take note of the community’s “concerns and frustrations” in its evaluation of BP’s community outreach plan.

BP submitted to the PSC its revised public involvement program plan concerning the proposed Cape Vincent Wind Farm project last month.

It is the first hurdle BP needs to clear before submitting a project application to a state siting board under New York’s Article X energy law.

For the past couple months, Cape Vincent officials have publicly criticized wind project manager Richard Chandler for refusing to answer several questions at an Oct. 23 joint Lyme-Cape Vincent meeting.

Hoping to get their message across to the higher-ups at BP, Cape Vincent Town Council and Planning Board members also sent a joint letter to Katrina Landis, CEO of BP Alternative Energy, criticizing Mr. Chandler’s “unwillingness” to cooperate with local officials.

Cape Vincent lawmakers eventually got a response from Larry Folks, senior vice president and chief development officer for BP Wind, but it only added to their frustration.

Mr. Folks, in his Nov. 20 response letter to the town officials, said BP is aware of the complaints and is looking forward to “exploring resolution of these issues where possible.”

His letter then lists the potential benefits of having a wind farm in Cape Vincent.

“Mr. Folks’s letter is a ‘response’ only in the most technical sense. In fact, it is wholly unresponsive,” wrote town Supervisor Urban C. Hirschey in a recent letter to PSC Secretary Jaclyn A. Brilling. “His letter does not merely fail to clarify anything; it does not even do us the courtesy of acknowledging the issues presented in our letter.”

Mr. Hirschey said BP’s latest letter to Cape Vincent representatives “shows no trace of genuine public involvement” and serves as further proof that BP is refusing to talk with local officials “in any meaningful way.”

“It is nothing more than a few short paragraphs of very standard BP marketing language quoting generalized benefits that BP asserts will come to a community from having a wind project. We could have lifted that language from one of their brochures,” he said. “BP’s effort is better characterized as a monologue, not a dialogue.”

Mr. Chandler, director of business development for the $300 million Cape Vincent Wind Farm project, responded to the local officials’ criticism at a Nov. 10 open house, arguing BP is being “responsible” and has been taking into consideration residents’ and municipal leaders’ concerns.

BP is hosting another public workshop at 6 p.m. today at the Cape Vincent Recreation Park on James Street to further share information regarding the state siting process for its proposed 124-turbine wind farm.

Source:  By JAEGUN LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2012, watertowndailytimes.com

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

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Contributions
   Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)
Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)


e-mail X FB LI M TG TS G Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook Wind Watch on Linked In

Wind Watch on Mastodon Wind Watch on Truth Social

Wind Watch on Gab Wind Watch on Bluesky