I have been advised a number of times by knowledgeable sources as to how important it is to nag and harass (responsibly) a wind developer who is unwanted. In many respects, the whole Article 10 process is, and is intended to be, a playing field to determine the local and area tolerance for a project. In that contest, silence is a killer and a recipe for defeat. In some parts of New York there are wind projects in development being met with almost total silence from the public. Those projects will get built.
The proposed Apex Lighthouse project on the south shore of Lake Ontario has hit a brick wall of public opposition from which there has been no letup in many months. You can almost bet that project will never get built. The whole thing has simply become too toxic…too ugly and too nasty…for both western NY politicians and regulatory officials in Albany.
Apex doesn’t need to be in any hurry to pull the plug on Lighthouse. Their feelings don’t get hurt. They have no feelings. They can ride it out, ignore the public opposition, and hope that some favorable political outcome or enhanced subsidy benefit comes their way from either Albany or Washington. Remember why they are in this business in the first place.
The letter to the editor below is just one more example of the constant expression of public opposition that continues to flow against Apex in Yates and Somerset, NY. Each such written expression – submitted to the newspaper and/or to the PSC – becomes a part of the official body of opposition. At a certain point the body of opposition is impossible to ignore or deflect, and becomes determinative.
Jefferson County voices of opposition should be as loud and constant as those being heard in Niagara and Orleans Counties. We have at least as much at stake as they.
The Daily News
Serving Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans Counties
Wind turbines: Questions that need answers
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2016
EDITOR: As many may now know, the Towns of Yates and Somerset, The County Legislatures of Orleans, Niagara and Erie, The Western New York Delegation of State Legislators along with many other public and private organizations have opposed the proposed siting of the Lighthouse Wind Project in Somerset and Yates. Additionally, APEX has now proposed yet another industrial wind turbine project for the Town of Barre with the moniker “Heritage Wind.” This all, of course, is old news.
Interesting new information has come to light however. The original proposed site of APEX’s Lighthouse Wind Industrial Wind Turbine project has expanded from the original siting plan which was identified as:
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