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Friday, August 11, 2017

Audubon New York does not support the construction of Horse Creek Wind Energy Project as currently proposed.

Link here to Audubon press release and original letter

Qatar, accused of terrorism, first shareholder of Iberdrola

The following article was posted on Intereconomia.com

A Spanish media group's website
June 6, 2017

Qatar Investment Authority(QIA), a sovereign fund of Qatar, a country accused of supporting and financing terrorists of the Islamic State, among others, is the main shareholder of Iberdrola, the Spanish power company headed by Ignacio Sánchez Galán. As recorded on Iberdrola's own website, Qatar Investment Authority owns 8.509% of Iberdrola. This sovereign fund of Qatar is the main shareholder of the Spanish power company presided over by Ignacio Sánchez Galán.

Qatar Investment Authority is a sovereign wealth fund of the small but rich country thanks to the Persian Gulf oil. Its neighbors Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Baréin have severed their diplomatic relations with Qatar and have decided to isolate the small emirate from the Persian Gulf because they accuse it of supporting terrorism, specifically "terrorist organizations" among which The Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic State (EI) and Al Qaeda.

It is curious that the information provided by Iberdrola on its website does not coincide with the Register of Significant Participations of the National Securities Market Commission. According to the stock exchange supervisor, the latest change in the Qatar Investment Authority in the capital of Iberdrola corresponds to 2011, the year in which this sovereign fund entered the capital of the power company with the purchase of 6.162% of the capital. There are no more communications since.

However, in Iberdrola's own website, that share amounts to 8.509% of the capital, making the Catamarans the main shareholder of Iberdrola. As if to rely on the records of the regulator and supervillar of the Spanish stock markets.

Link here to Iberdrola website to view Significant Investors

Part of the receipt of the light, for Qatar
In the end, if the accusations of terrorism by its neighbors are confirmed, Iberdrola's clients would be unknowingly financing Islamic international terrorism. Iberdrola has committed to its shareholders to allocate between 65% and 75% of their dividends. The Iberdrola profit is nourished by the money it charges its customers for the electric bill. Last year Iberdrola earned 2,422 million. If it allocates 65% of the profit to dividend would be 1,574.3 million to distribute. Qatar Investment Authority is going to carry 127 million for this concept. Those 127 million go directly to the state Catharí, which is the sole shareholder of this sovereign fund and is accused of financing and supporting Islamic terrorism that so much death and terror sows around the world.
And coincidences of the electric ones. Qatar Investment Authority is also the benchmark shareholder of Peninsular Capital, a venture capital fund founded by Borja Prado Eulate, President of Endesa .

Link here to read this article  as published on Intereconomics.com  

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Installing turbines near Air Reserve Station puts region at risk

Erie County Legislator
Published in the Clarence Bee 
08/02/2017 Clarence Bee 

The Erie County Legislature held our final session before recess on July 27 and dealt with an issue that is important to our entire region.
My colleagues unanimously approved a resolution that I sponsored in support of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. We are asking New York State to request a formal review by the Department of Defense related to a proposal by APEX Clean Energy to construct 70 wind turbines along the shores of Lake Ontario that would potentially reach 600 feet high. The proposal is concerning due to its proximity to the air base, and as such, the Niagara Military Affairs Council has expressed its opposition.
The air base is an important asset to the greater WNY community, providing 3,000 jobs in addition to critical services. The base was first established more than 60 years ago and is currently home to the Air Force Reserve Command’s 914th Airlift Wing and the 328th Air Force Reserve C-130 mission, as well as the Air National Guard’s new Remotely Piloted Aircraft mission.
The issue with the proposed turbines is that they pose a threat of interference with military radar and flight operations. Furthermore, if the turbines are erected as planned, there is a very real concern that the air base itself could be at risk of closure as a result. The base has already been subjected to multiple base closure and realignment commission reviews. My concern is that if the turbines are placed in the base’s flight path, they could be seen as impediments to future operations and could tilt the scales toward closure in the next round of reviews. Encroachment is a key factor that is considered when the federal government is reviewing military bases for potential shutdown, and 70 individual, 600-foot tall wind turbines, located on the edge of
Lake Ontario near the base, could be considered major objects of encroachment.
New York State’s rules and regulations require an application to operate an electrical generation facility, and as a part of that application, detailed information regarding potential impacts on airports and military installations and operations must be provided. The state review board, prior to approval of an application, may request a formal review be conducted by the Department of Defense.
At this point, the Erie County Legislature and the Niagara County Legislature have requested that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state review board request the Department of Defense to conduct a formal review of the Apex application. My sincere hope is that the state acts to request this review quickly. We cannot put the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station at risk.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact my office at 858-8676 or email edward.rath@erie.gov.

Erie County Legislator
District Office:
Old Erie County Hall
92 Franklin Street
Fourth Floor
Buffalo, N.Y. 14202
Phone: (716) 858-8676
Fax: (716) 858-8895
Email: edward.rath@erie.gov

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Apex Galloo Project in the Path of Ft. Drum Aviation Training Route

Apex Clean Energy’s proposed Galloo Island Wind Farm is directly in the path of a Ft. Drum military aviation training corridor. Currently the project is under FAA review for an obstruction hazard and potential conflicts with aviation operations. In a July 28, 2017 public notice the FAA made a preliminary determination that the project would “have no effect on any airspace and routes used by the military.” However, no mention was made to a 10-mile wide Ft. Drum military aviation training route that encompasses all of Galloo Island.
Wikepedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_training_route) provided the following information on Military Training Routes:

“Military training routes (MTRs) are aerial corridors (such as IR801 for Jefferson County) across the United States in which military aircraft can operate below 10,000 feet faster than the maximum safe speed of 250 knots that all other aircraft are restricted to while operating below 10,000 feet. The routes are the result of a joint venture between the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Defense to provide for high-speed, low-altitude military activities. Military Training Routes are divided into Instrument Routes (IR), and Visual Routes (VR). Each route is identified by either of these two letters, followed by either four digits for routes below 1,500 feet above ground level, or three digits for routes extending for at least one leg above 1,500 ft AGL. (Note - over Galloo aircraft could be just above the 600 foot  turbine height). The difference between the IR and VR routes is that IR routes are flown under Air Traffic Control, while VR routes are not.”

IR801 Military Route.jpg
IR801 is a circular military training route with a 10-mile wide corridor that encompasses all of Galloo, Little Galloo and Stony Islands.

“Each route is defined by a number of geographical coordinates and their respective navaid fixes. From this line the corridor is extended a specific number of miles, in the vast majority of cases this is five miles, making the corridor 10 miles wide. The Routes are individually operated through one of the local military air bases (Ft. Drum), which schedule and 'own' the route.”

The FAA notice leaves a number of unanswered questions. Why no mention of IR801, the Ft. Drum military training route? The training route is designed for low altitude, higher speed flight, the type of operation with obvious potential hazards and conflicts.  Why has there been no acknowledgement of the potential conflict between Apex’s  turbines and Ft. Drum training flights? If there has been some negotiation, mitigation or change to IR801, then why no acknowledgement or documentation? The FAA’s website has a provision for requesting all documentation associated with each case, but the only documentation currently available is the public notice itself.

Link here to the   FAA website



July 28, 2017 the FAA released a public notice announcing that they are conducting an aeronautical study concerning the Galloo Island industrial wind project. Some of the proposed turbines in Apex Clean Energies project exceed obstruction standards, and the FAA will be determining their effect on the safe and efficient use of navigable airspace by aircraft and on the operation of air navigation facilities.

FAA Galloo by pandorasboxofrocks on Scribd

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

River Residents Against Turbines to Host informational meeting on Horse Creek Industrial Scale Wind project

Wednesday, July 26th! RIVER RESIDENTS AGAINST TURBINES (RIVER RATs) will be hosting an informational meeting concerning Avangrid renewables proposed Horse Creek Industrial Scale Wind Development. The session is being held at the Tabernacle in Thousand Island Park at 7:00 pm.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Apex clean Energy

Fish and wildlife officials want updated information for Galloo Island wind project review

FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017

Officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service argue that Apex Clean Energy must secure more updated information to assess the Galloo Island wind project’s potential wildlife impacts. Continue reading via this link to the Watertown Daily Times

Friday, July 21, 2017

Residents and business form River RATs to oppose horse creek wind farm

JULY 15, 2017

A coalition of residents and business owners from the Thousand Islands region have banded together oppose Avangrid Renewables’ proposed Horse Creek Wind Farm. Continue reading via this link to the Watertown Daily Times

Wednesday, July 26th! River RATs will be hosting an informational meeting concerning Horse Creek Industrial Wind Development. The session is being held at the Tabernacle in Thousand Island Park at 7:00 pm.