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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!

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Industrial Wind Ain't Dead in Cape Vincent!!!!

Not too long ago I wondered why so many people were recently looking at a former Cape Vincent town councilman and wind lease holder Marty Mason's property deed for the old rail road right-of-way, better known as the BP/Acciona transmission line corridor.

I thought Mason might be wheeling and dealing again with industrial wind developers.

This year, while we all sat around fat, dumb and happy after BP left the Cape, wind developers were busy pushing for change in New York State's Renewable Portfolio Standard.


Developers complained they could not compete in New York with only a 10-year term to their Renewable Portfolio Standard contracts - so this order extended their contract term to 20 years.

The order also quietly unearthed the corpse of the Production Tax Credit (PTC), and directed NYSERDA provide a way to get the same money to developers (see page 16 of the order):

"Also, since there is uncertainty in the renewal of the Federal Production Tax Credit (PTC)
that expired at the end of 2013, we direct NYSERDA to provide a provision to capture the
value of the PTC in future solicitations."

These changes in New York's Renewable Energy Portfolio are likely to energize energy developers into looking once more at failed projects in Cape Vincent, Clayton, Hammond and Galloo Island. It also might explain why the interest in Marty Mason's energy corridor as well as why Marty Mason is currently seeking re-election.

More to follow....

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A pair of Ospray atop a navigational aid off Ironsides Island
St. Lawrence River

Sunday, August 31, 2014

CAPE VINCENT:    Is Marty Mason Wheeling and Dealing again?

Since BP baled on their Cape Vincent Wind Farm project interest in Cape Vincent concerning wind development has almost completely dried up.

Or so I thought , after a recent review of the data from the tracking service that monitors the visitors that come to my Energy Valley blog I noticed an inordinate amount of interest in Marty Mason.  Considering Mr. Masons past actions as a wind conflicted town councilmen supporting wind development in Cape Vincent, could this activity be related to another scheme concerning some type of large scale industrial development for Cape Vincent?

The tracking data showed that 75 out of 500 visitors searched for Marty Mason’s Railroad Property deed and /or his electric power line options.  This level of interest and the number of searches was very unusual. Here is a little background for those of you that are not familiar with Mr. Mason’s industrial wind dealings.

One of the most important components of any wind development project are the transmission lines.  On January 23,1998 Marty Mason bought a piece of property from the Township Telephone Company.  This strip of land was part of an old railroad bed that runs from CV to Watertown. The Development Authority of the North Country began constructing the regional water line along this corridor in 1996 (note in the video following this post Mason proudly boasts about working the entire project).

In 2005 Mason signed a lease agreements with two wind companies and his land became part of the transmission line corridor.  BP even purchased land in this same corridor to construct a new electrical substation in Lyme.  Mr Mason also had land lease agreements with wind developers for turbine placement and interconnecting line easements on a number of his numerous land parcels.

In the table below are details for the 75 searches.  There were a wide variety of visitors (their Internet Protocol addresses were omitted).  Some were using proxy servers to conceal their identity but there were several visitors with dedicated IP’s that stand out,such as the Office of the NYS Attorney General, Bridgewater Associates,Barclay Capital, Wells Fargo & Company, and the Public Interest Network.
What’s it all mean?  Was the cleaning lady at Barclays Capital just messing around with the CEO’s desktop computer?  Probably not.  It is impossible to know the intentions of many of those searching Mason’s deeds. The investment firm searches, however, are somewhat suspicious.  If investors are interested, then it may suggest some major development is being considered that would require large capital support and expenditures.  Also, has BP sold their interest in the powerline easements, and if so, to whom?  

Mr.Mason is once again attempting to regain his seat on the town board and many of his supporters have voiced their desire to “get their town back”.  Getting the town back might mean once again closing the doors of local government, dimming the lights, and making backroom deals. This is the attitude that brought the wind development curse on the community in the first place and it was the attitude that led to Mr. Mason losing his seat on the town board  in 2011.

Cape Vincent voters should wonder if Mr. Mason’s candidacy for town office will once again be used to support his private, personal financial wheeling and dealing.  The obvious conclusion is that Mason should explain why the interest in his railroad right of way and electric corridor deeds.  If past performance indicates anything about the future, Cape voters can expect that Mason will see no conflict of interest between his public office and his personal dealings nor will Mason see any reason to explain, after all that’s how business has always been done in Cape Vincent in the past.  


In the video above Mason says, "One more story, I was the first one on that line, that walked that entire line with a snow toboggan and a generator and a drill and a five foot drill bit drilling holes from Cape Vincent to Brownville,  so I know that line like the back of my hand. I worked the whole project."  Subsequent to walking the line Mason bought the railroad land knowing there were restrictions to protect the water line.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thousand Island Park Fire ~ Wellesley Island ~The Morning After

WELLESLEY ISLAND — A large fire and explosion destroyed a prominent building on the island late Wednesday into Thursday morning.
The blaze destroyed the Guzzle building, near the intersection of St. Lawrence Avenue and Rainbow Street East, which housed multiple businesses along with the Thousand Island Park Fire Station for the Wellesley Island Fire Department, according to a witness at the scene. Continue...

 View from behind TI Park fire department

 TI Park Mercantile Art & Toy store

The picture above was hanging on the wall in the mercantile, it survived the fire .
 It is an artists rendering of Rainbow Street East
as it looked before it was devastated by fire

 TI Park Post office

 Interior view of TI Park Post office

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Don Metzger: a life on the water

“They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters…”
— Psalm 107:23
There are some professions in which the living is physically written on the body, like the dirt under the fingernails of a farmer or the dust on a construction worker’s back.
 Don Metzger Wind Warrior
Don Metzger, a St. Lawrence Seaway pilot, is 69 years old. He has worked in the maritime industry for 51 years. Next year, when he turns 70, he will have to retire. Continue...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

After slow start, home sales recovering in Jefferson County

Following a sharp first-quarter decline, home sales in Jefferson County recovered during the second quarter.
Compared with a year ago, second-quarter home sales in Jefferson County edged up by 2 percent, or four units, from 204 to 208, according to the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Realtors. Those figures are much improved from the first quarter, when sales dropped by 27 percent, or 35 units, from 165 to 130 compared with the previous year. Continue...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Plan 2014 must be enacted

Our communities, economy and the environment experienced a significant win last month.
After five hard-fought years and a $20 million study that engaged nearly 200 stakeholder representatives and thousands of citizens, the International Joint Commission took unanimous, historic action to protect the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario and the North Country. It sent a new water regulation plan, now called Plan 2014, to the U.S. and Canadian federal governments for approval. Continue...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Just plain Bull ~ or a Bull Shark

Update:4:00PM 7/16/2014
Shark sighting at the mouth of the St. Lawrence river?

There are reports that a Bull shark has been sighted off the shores of Wolfe Island Canada, where lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence river meet .

Check out the video below and the story at this link

It remains to be seen if  this is really a Bull Shark or just a species of Sucker.

As it turns out this was a whopper of a fish story 

Check out the video below and the story at this link


Friday, July 4, 2014

1000 Islands River Quest

1000 Islands River Quest.

We can all appreciate this much more now that we are no longer facing the threat of industrial turbines.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Your opinion counts! Help the Thousand Islands be all it can be!

Thousand Islands Regional Assessment Project: Developing Scenic Areas of Statewide Significance

 The Division of Coastal Resources seeks to “achieve a balance between economic development and preservation that will permit the beneficial use of coastal resources while preventing the loss of living marine resources and wildlife, diminution of open space areas or public access to the waterfront, shoreline erosion, impairment of scenic beauty, or permanent damage to ecological systems.”

Help the Thousand Islands Scenic Assessment Project find out where the best scenery is in the 1000 Islands by taking the following short survey of images from around the region. The survey doesn’t take a lot of time and allows you to quickly rate pictures of the wide range of scenery that makes our area special and helps drive our economy.
Hundreds of people will rate the scenery, giving us a better idea of what people in our region think is scenic. Our consultants will take this information and include it in the system they use to determine which areas should be awarded the distinction of being designated “Scenic Areas of Statewide Significance’ – the highest ranking for scenic coastal landscapes in the entire state. The highest ranked landscapes will be eligible for state assistance for tourism promotion, economic development and protection of scenic resources through the involvement in the planning and design of large scale development projects.
Your answers to this survey are important! They will become part of the record that will describe the scenic features of our region. This is your chance to be part of the project!