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Analyzing comments about Lighthouse Wind  

Credit:  The Daily News | Monday, July 25, 2016 | www.thedailynewsonline.com ~~

EDITOR: The information below shows the results of an analysis of public comments made to the New York State Department of Public Service (NYSDPS) website in relation to the Lighthouse Wind Project as proposed for the Towns of Yates and Somerset by APEX Energy. A total of 768 comments submitted were assessed by quarter with comments tabulated and organized by support (in-favor) and opposition (opposed) to the project.

All comments made to the NYSDPS site regarding the Lighthouse Wind Project were included in the assessment and as stated, cover the time period from Q1-2015 through Q2-2016. All comments were read fully in order to ascertain position regarding the wind project. The positions were tabulated as in-favor or opposed to the project.

The results are as follows:

Q1-2015: 0 in favor, 44 opposed; 0 percent in favor, 100 percent opposed

Q2-2015: 0 in favor, 98 opposed; 0 percent in favor, 100 percent opposed

Q3-2015: 36 in favor, 160 opposed; 19 percent in favor, 82 percent opposed

Q4-2015: 56 in favor, 140 opposed; 29 percent in favor, 72 percent opposed

Q1-2016: 31 in favor, 165 opposed; 16 percent in favor, 84 percent opposed

Q2-2016: 3 in favor, 33 opposed; 8 percent in favor, 92 percent opposed

The overall results for this time period are as follows:

Comments in favor of Lighthouse Wind Project: 127

Comments opposed to Lighthouse Wind Project: 641

Percent of comments in favor of Lighthouse Wind Project: 16 percent

Percent of comments opposed to Lighthouse Wind Project: 84 percent

These results show a clear, ongoing and massive opposition to this project. Interestingly, these results show a greater level of opposition than have all of the previous surveys performed by:

The Town of Somerset

Save Ontario Shores (SOS)

The Town of Yates

The Buffalo News

Buffalo Business First Magazine

These surveys averaged an approximately 70 percent opposed/30 percent in-favor breakdown of survey results.

As a private citizen, it is clear to me that DPS comments and multiple surveys show the truth. The will of the people is clear. APEX’s Lighthouse Wind Project must not move forward. In addition and just as importantly, Article 10 must not be allowed to suppress the Home-Rule will of the people.

John B. Riggi

Councilman, Town of Yates

Source:  The Daily News | Monday, July 25, 2016 | www.thedailynewsonline.com

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