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
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