BP - The Beast is Dead!

BP - The Beast is Dead!

Can you believe it?

A small band of over –the-hill misfits beat the fourth largest corporation in the world and saved their town. Congratulations to all my readers and all those people who have supported and commented on issues related to wind development and wind corruption. February 26 will long be remembered as the date in our history where the redcoats were sent packing the third time in 250 years!

Thank you all!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Land leases tied to the Cape Vincent Wind project will be terminated effective March 31,2014

 Today is a day to celebrate!

February 26,2014-BP announced that they were pulling the plug on their proposed Cape Vincent wind project. 

Land leases tied to the project will be terminated effective March 31, and meteorological towers will be taken down “as soon as reasonably possible” this spring, according to letters BP sent to wind leaseholders.  Continue...

Pearson Can't Handle the Truth

 Today there is an opinion letter in the Watertown Times written by Dennis Pearson~ Town Board must make right decision

 In his very first sentence Mr. Pearson once again demonstrates his ability to distort the truth. 

 "I would like the citizens of Cape Vincent to consider this. We recently went through the election process, and in this process the Democrats and CFG were accused of trying to take the voting rights of summer residents away."

Using the wording that "the Democrats and CFG were accused of trying to take the voting rights of summer residents away." suggests innocence on the part of Mr. Pearson and his cohorts, but in reality they did attempt to deny citizens the right to vote.  

 This past election season in Cape Vincent Mr. Pearson and the Democrats engaged in a smear campaign in order to improve their chances at the polls.  When the Democrats discovered the election would be decided by absentee votes, they filed a lawsuit to have many of these votes discarded.

The Democratic candidates Paul Aubertine, Dennis Pearson and Al Wood challenged a large number of absentee ballots based on residency issues. 
They believe that seasonal residents of Cape Vincent should not be allowed to vote. They charged in their verified petition that:

    (paragraph 9) “Upon information and belief, absentee ballots were issued by the Board of Elections in error, based on insufficient, fraudulent or forged applications.”

(paragraph 10) “Upon information and belief, absentee ballots were given to individuals whose primary residence is not in the town of Cape Vincent, nor in Jefferson County, and therefore were ineligible to vote for the public offices of Supervisor and Town Council, Town of Cape Vincent.”

Below is the list of seasonal voters challenged by Aubertine, Pearson and Wood that was provided by the Jefferson County Board of Elections through a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request:

Attempts at denying seasonal residents their rights to vote is nothing new in Cape Vincent, prior to the 2011, election  
Harold L. Wiley, a lifelong Cape Vincent resident, and chairman of the local Democratic Party submitted  a  petition to the Town Board urging intervention in stopping what he called voter fraud.
Link here to read more
Link to original list 

Link here to read original verified complaint filed by Aubertine, Pearson & Wood
Page 10 for paragraphs (9) & (10)

Cape Vincent Attractions missing from new website. Is this an oversite ?

1000 Islands council launches website for French visitors

The website aims to introduce French-speaking residents from Quebec to the Thousand Islands region across the north country and southeastern Ontario.
The website aims to introduce French-speaking residents from Quebec to the Thousand Islands region across the north country and southeastern Ontario. 

This website is very well done however, I was surprised to note that the only mention of Cape Vincent was a link to the visit the 1000 Islands web site giving a list of places to stay.There was no other reference to Cape Vincent, there was no mention of Tibbetts Point lighthouse as an attraction and notably no mention of Cape Vincent's French Fest. 

Visit new website at this link


Who is Pulling Dennis Pearson's Strings?

Recently, in an opinion letter to the Watertown Daily Times Dennis Pearson made a plea requesting the Town of Cape Vincent Town Council appoint Al Wood to the board.
In the past Mr. Pearson has launched several vocal attempts to discredit the Town of Cape Vincent Town Board.
One such case occurred December 09,2013 the Department of Public Service Commission sponsored a public meeting in Cape Vincent concerning the Article 10 process. Prior to this meeting the Town Board ,their attorney,members of the Article-10 Advisory Committee, and a member of Wind Power Ethics Group gathered at the town offices for an executive session.
Dennis Pearson burst into this meeting accusing town officials of holding a private meeting with a quorum.

December 11,2013 Pearson submitted a FOIL request to the Town of Cape Vincent Town Clerk for a copy of the security video for the time of the Dec. 9 meeting, as well as minutes and records concerning the meeting.

Mr. Pearson’s request was denied because the material he requested was deemed attorney client privilege.
In the meantime, Town Attorney Paul Curtin, who presided over themeeting, submitted a letter clarifying the purpose of the meetingthat was presented to the public by the Town Council December 19, 2013.

Apparently, Mr. Pearson or his cohorts were not satisfied with this clarification, the very next day ~ December 20,2013 Pearson sent an appeal to the Town of Cape Vincent Town Clerk in response to the denial.

But who wrote the appeal? Were others involved?

I FOILED Mr. Pearson’s FOIL request and found something very curious about his appeal, it was submitted in the form of a reprint of an email with Dennis Pearson’s name scribbled at the bottom.

Note the name in bold on the upper right hand corner, also note the names of the recipients of this appeal letter.
What does this mean?
Is Dennis Pearson their front-man?
Are these email recipients (Jarrod Radley, Al Wood, Paul Aubertine and Karen Stumpf) Pearson’s editors and co-conspirators?
  Are these same people behind Pearson's plea requesting the Town Board to do the right thing and appoint Al Wood to the board?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Critical analysis of: Wind turbine health impact study: report of independent expert panel

 independent expert panel  

Abstract. The “Wind Turbine Health Impact Study: Report of Independent Expert Panel” study says: “The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) convened a panel of independent experts to identify any documented or potential health impacts of risks that may be associated with exposure to wind turbines, and, specifically, to facilitate discussion of wind turbines and public health based on scientific findings.” It continues, saying: “The scope of the Panel’s effort was focused on health impacts of wind turbines per se.” The Massachusetts study treats health affects broadly in accordance with WHO and includes direct health effects, annoyance, and sleep disruption. In many ways the Massachusetts study is a critique of the literature relating to wind farm acoustic emissions and health effects. This paper is a critique of the critics. In particular, this critique examines some of the physical acoustic findings and some of the social survey findings. The Massachusetts study reveals itself to have problems similar to those that it criticizes in other reports.
Presented at the 166th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America San Francisco, California, 2–6 December 2013
Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics 20, 040008 (2014) Published online 26 March 2014
Download original document: “A critical analysis of: Wind turbine health impact study: report of independent expert panel”

Waterfront towns, villages hope to market Thousand Islands region

CLAYTON — Members of 10 communities from the Thousand Islands region met Friday to learn about the progress toward putting the region on the map large scale for tourism.

The Thousand Islands regional assessment project advisory committee meeting was held Friday with more than 50 members of the communities involved in the project to expand tourism. Town of Hammond Supervisor Ronald W. Bertram said a Scenic Area of Statewide Significance grant would help the area become a more viable tourism destination. Continue...

Friday, March 21, 2014

BP Getting Back in the Gulf

Just two weeks after the US government lifted a 16-month ban on new federal contracts for BP Plc, the company placed the winning bid on Wednesday for 24 contracts of exploration and production leases in the Gulf of Mexico.Continue...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Woman denies stealing copper from Florida wind farm

PITTSFIELD -- One of nine people allegedly involved in the theft of copper wire from an area wind farm denied 10 charges and was released on personal recognizance.

The Massachusetts State Police allege Gina M. Arnold, 32, of Lee, was involved in the large-scale theft of specially designed copper wire from the Hoosac Wind Project atop Bakke Mountain in Florida and sold the copper in October and November to local scrap metal dealers. Continue...

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Withering of Wind Power or Obama's Not a Smart Investor

We learned something really surprising about the wind energy industry from President Obama's FY2015 budget proposal. He doesn't believe that the industry will ever be capable of economically sustaining itself.
Here's how we know. Tucked away within the proposal, President Obama is proposing making the wind energy production tax credit permanent.

Mr. Obama’s budget would permanently extend the production tax credit for wind electricity, which expired last year after Congress failed to pass a bill renewing it. Over the next 10 years, the tax credit would cost $19.2 billion, according to the budget plan.
Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) has indicated he wants to pass a bill extending this tax credit and other temporary ones. But it’s unclear whether he has enough support to pass it in the full Senate, and the House seems even less likely to support such a proposal. 


Monday, March 17, 2014

Save The River: Respect the Conditions on the River, Delay the Seaway Opening

Respect the conditions on the River, delay the Seaway opening. Save The River has long advocated a research-based list of criteria be used to set the shipping season on the St. Lawrence Seaway. But it really is simple. Get the ice out and the navigational aids in. Don’t send ships through until its safe for the River. http://ow.ly/uGjTg

Wind Power Line Proposal Irks Some Midwest Farmers

The windy plains of Kansas could be a treasure trove in the nation's effort to harness clean energy, but a major proposal to move wind-generated electricity eastward is running into a roadblock: Farmers who don't want high-power transmission lines on their land.
Clean Line Energy Partners wants to spend $2.2 billion to build a 750-mile-long high-voltage overhead transmission line. Towers 110 to 150 feet tall, 4-6 per mile, would carry lines with power generated by Kansas' modernistic windmill turbines through sparsely populated northern Missouri, through the cornfields of Illinois and to a substation in Sullivan, Ind. The exact route has not been finalized.Continue...

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Years after they were proposed, R.I., Mass. wind farm projects yet to start spinning

In 2009, The Providence Journal wrote about the race to build the first offshore wind farm in the United States, with projects off Block Island and Cape Cod at the front of the pack. Five years later, the race continues.

On a recent morning in Boston, Jim Gordon described what it has been like to suffer setback after setback in his quest to build the first offshore wind farm in America. Continue...

Group pushes for New York State’s help in building wind turbines

With the state planning to pump $1 billion over the next decade into solar projects, a group of local businesses and environmentalists are wondering: What about wind energy?
With the strong winds blowing across Lakes Erie and Ontario making a large swath of Western New York appealing for wind turbines, advocates said it makes sense for the state to support the development of wind energy as a prime source of renewable energy in the state.Continue...

Friday, March 14, 2014

Cape Vincent nets $50,000 state grant for East End Park facility


CAPE VINCENT— East End Park, situated on the St. Lawrence River in the town, is expected soon to get a locker room facility and open picnic pavilion, made possible in part by a $50,000 grant awarded this month by the state Department of the State.

The $50,000 grant from the State and Municipal Facilities Program was an important piece of funding needed to break ground on the $200,000 project at the public park, a popular venue for scuba divers and swimmers. The project will include a 26-by-70-foot facility with restroom and locker room areas for men and women, Town Supervisor Urban C. Hirschey said. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

As companies pursue energy sources, communities raise concerns

 An improved power transmission system would encourage more power generation in Upstate New York. That's what power line developers proposing projects in the Mohawk Valley have touted as a benefit and potential job creator.  

 Iberdrola Renewables — the owner of the Hardscrabble Wind Farm in Fairfield and Norway — has several projects in various stages of development, spokesman Paul Copleman said. He did not go into specifics.

 “From Iberdrola Renewables’ perspective, additional bulk transmission could make our upstate, early stage development wind projects more likely to come to market by making their power even more competitive,” Copleman said in an email.

 The company, however, is in the throes of a lawsuit with dozens of Herkimer County residents over concerns about the Hardscrabble Wind Farm.

 Copleman said they recognize the concerns and are willing to work with the community.
 “Any project we pursue would entail a thorough, transparent and inclusive approach to the permitting process,” he said Continue....