BP's Tatics in Cape Vincent Ny

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

wind resource map

Lyme petition signers may have been deceived

Lyme petition signers may have been deceived
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2009
ARTICLE OPTIONS
In September 2008, Albert Bowers, a member of the town of Lyme Planning Board, circulated a petition asking the town board to appeal Judge Hugh Gilbert's decision which had ruled in favor of those of us who wanted the very restrictive wind law which the town board had adopted thrown out.
Others who carried this petition were Charles R. Wilson, Muriel E. Barkley, Susan B. Warner, Susan Peters, Judith McGaughey, Peggy Ann Fikes, Richard Freshour, Patricia Hughes, Stephen Rutigliano, Gary Bird, Deanne Scanlon, Norman R. Alheim and our Planning Board Chairperson Anne Harris. All these people with the possible exception of one, live on the waterfront.
I feel it is shocking and unacceptable that Planning Board members carried a petition regarding a controversial topic which they are heavily involved in.
But I am even more concerned that people who signed this petition may not have understood what they were signing. If you signed this petition knowing that the law it asked to re-enact would prevent any wind company from ever doing business in Lyme, then you understood it correctly and I respect your right to stand up for your convictions. But if you signed it believing it was a good law which would allow responsible development by a commercial wind company, then you were greatly deceived.
If this is the case, please let your town supervisor, Scott Aubertine, know it. Your name should be removed from that petition if you were deceived.
Julia Gosier
Three Mile Bay

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Green Jobs Scam – And Confusion | CEI

The Green Jobs Scam – And Confusion CEI


by Iain Murray February 23, 2009
Originally published in The DC Examiner

With the massive $787-billion stimulus bill including provisions to encourage the creation of “green jobs,” Americans deserve an honest appraisal of how such green jobs will work. So far, they aren’t getting it.

In fact, a recent statement by Al Gore shows just how much Americans are being misled on this issue. Green jobs are a shell game, and we’re falling for it. In the Financial Times, on February 17, Gore, in an op ed co-authored with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, asserts that, “In the US, there are now more jobs in the wind industry than in the entire coal industry.”

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

*Watertown Daily Times | Ethics have official angry

Watertown Daily Times | Ethics have official angry

CAPE VINCENT — An advertisement by the Wind Power Ethics Group has angered Supervisor Thomas K. Rienbeck so much that he's considering halting progress on a revised wind development zoning law...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Cape Vincent’s Unethical Black Hole

Cape Vincent’s Unethical Black Hole
• NYS Senator Darrel Aubertine — Has contract with Acciona/AES.
Wrote letter to Cape officials advising to disregard conflicts of interest.
Former Cape Vincent town councilman
Voted at state level on legislation which could influence his wind contract
Sister married to John Wiley, member of Zoning Board of Appeals

• Joe Wood — Town Board, has wind contract
Wife Debra Wood, Deputy Town Clerk
Sister Karen Bourcy on Planning Board
Brother Alan Wood, Zoning Enforement Officer, partner in Wood Farm LLC,
which has contract
Another brother is partner in Wood Farm LLC, which has a contract
2 nephew partners in Wood Farm LLC, which has wind contract

Marty Mason — Town Board, has 3 wind contracts
Sister Jerri Mason is Town Clerk
Cousin Donald Mason, Town Board, has wind contract

Donald Mason — Town Board, has wind contract
Cousin Marty Mason, Town Board, has 3 wind contracts
Cousin Jerri Mason, Town Clerk

• Richard Edsall — Planning Board Chairman, has wind contract
Wife’s parents have wind contract
Brother-in-law has wind contract

• Andrew Binsley — Planning Board
2 brothers-in-law and a nephew have wind contract

• Karen Bourcy — Planning Board
Son, Partner in Wood Farm LLC, which has wind contract
Brother Joe Wood, Town Board, has wind contract
Brother Alan Wood, Zoning Enforcement Office, partner in Wood Farm LLC, which has a wind contract
Nephew, partner in Wood Farm LLC, which has wind contract
1 additional brother partner in Wood Farm LLC, which has wind contract

To:
James H. Madden — Cape Vincent Wind Farm — British Petroleum
Peter E. Zedick — St. Lawrence Wind Farm — Acciona/AES

Many Cape Vincent citizens are deeply disturbed by your companies’ insistence on developing wind projects by putting such a high burden on the ethics of our town officers.

You have entered into contracts with many of our town’s officials and their families knowing this would create blatant conflicts of interest. This is a violation of the town’s ethics code and NY State law. A similar situation has led to investigations by the NY Attorney General and a district attorney in other parts of the state.

You claim high minded ideals of clean energy and prosperity. Yet involving town officials in your projects has resulted in an ethical nightmare. This has created an atmosphere of distrust and bitterness in a once peaceful and friendly community.

You have made it difficult for these officials to make responsible health, safety, and environmental decisions, since they now have a financial incentive to look the other way.

As a result, you have taken hostage our town’s political system and citizens are paying a high ransom of a badly divided community.

Despite knowing this, you sit quietly by with one agenda of pushing through your wind projects as quickly as possible. You show no objection or remorse for the unethical situation and bitter community your projects have created.

* Information from official town and state records, and other research. *


THE WIND POWER ETHICS GROUP
We encourage our state and local officials to investigate these matters.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

I am writing this in response to a recent letter to the editor in the Watertown daily times

The author has his facts upside down when talking about wind turbine opponents using fear-mongering and misinformation in a well-executed scam.

Industrial wind is nothing more than a scam based enterprise that wouldn’t survive without federal tax breaks i.e. production tax credits and accelerated depreciation.

The writer also states that the 1,300 ft set backs are absurd because flying turbine parts are rare.

Turbines are spinning at high rates of speed the blades are subject to extreme amounts of force (one example of a turbine breaking up can be viewed at



The author compares living near a turbine to driving on the freeway, stating that driving is a much more dangerous undertaking.

This may be the case but when and if I choose to drive I am in a motor vehicle protected by air bags, fully aware of my surroundings driving defensively.

Perhaps British Petroleum and Acciona would consider sponsoring a defensive living class, also while driving I am covered by auto insurance.

Would living in close proximity to an industrial wind turbine affect your homeowners insurance, or your medical insurance?

Has the author should considered the perilous issue of turbine blade icing?

A problem that Acciona and Bp have not addressed, an example can be seen at.

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EmYe2u6J6g)

While I am on this topic I would like to point out. Acciona’s DEIS selectively quotes from a report on ice that if you download and read in detail this report actually recommends that thorough studies on ice be done.

(http://virtual.vtt.fi/virtual/arcticwind/boreasiv/assessment_of_safety.pdf)

Where are they?

In this letter the author also complains about turbine siting and sound.

Turbine placement should only be based on human safety not greed.

Today Typical ordinances proposed or passed in NY State communities considering industrial wind , neither meet World Health Organization Standards nor NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation (DEC) standards.

The wind industry in New York State is in its infancy and as of yet there isn’t any legislation to protect citizens.

The author of this letter states that greed is ok if it’s “regulated”


Developers are in a rush to build before they have to comply with any future safety standards.

This is "unregulated greed". The author’s own words mirror the example that they use for the basis of their opinion about wind opponents, on group thinking and rationalization of belief into fact.

The most flagrant example of this is their rationalization of greed as a virtue.

Perhaps that is the problem with wind proponents in general.

What the writer is saying is that the “American Way”, essentially the principal that this nation was founded upon is avarice and greed.

I for one am a proponent of free enterprise and capitalism but not at the expense of my neighbor’s health and well being.

They are casting aspersions on wind opponents with the whole group thinking analogy.

They equate avarice and greed to the “American way”

The angry Green Shirts wanting to profit at the expense of others, thats the "American way"?

THE GREEN GREEDWAY

Recently there was a letter to the editor in the Watertown daily times, this letter criticized people who opposed industrial wind power, painting them as fear mongering scammers.
The author has the facts upside down when talking about wind turbine opponents using "fear-mongering and misinformation in a well-executed scam".

Industrial wind is nothing more than a scam based enterprise that wouldn’t survive without federal tax breaks i.e. production tax credits and accelerated depreciation.

In this letter the author also states that the 1,300 ft set backs are absurd because flying turbine parts are rare,turbines are spinning at high rates of speed subjecting the turbine blades to extreme amounts of force an example of a turbine breaking up can be seen below...



The author compares living near a turbine to driving on the freeway, stating that driving is a much more dangerous undertaking, perhaps but when and if I choose to drive, I am making a choice to be there a conscious choice to put my self in danger, I have a license to drive and I do not have to be on the road if I choose not to be. I am also in a motor vehicle protected by air bags, fully aware of my surroundings driving defensively, maybe British Petroleum and Acciona would consider sponsoring a defensive living class,I am also covered by auto insurance. Would living in close proximity to an industrial wind turbine affect your homeowners insurance and your medical insurance?

Perhaps the author should consider the perilous issue of turbine blade icing,this is a serious issue that Acciona and Bp has not addressed,an example of turbine blade icing can be viewed at :(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EmYe2u6J6g)

Acciona’s DEIS selectively quotes from a report on turbine icing, if you download and read the report in detail it recommends through studies on turbine blade icing be done.(http://virtual.vtt.fi/virtual/arcticwind/boreasiv/assessment_of_safety.pdf)

Where are they?
?

In this Watertown Times letter the author also complains about turbine siting and sound.

Turbine placement should be based on safety not GREED!!

Today Typical ordinances proposed or passed in NY State communities considering industrial wind , neither meet World Health Organization Standards nor NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation (DEC) standards.
The wind industry in New York State is in its infancy and as of yet there isn’t any legislation to protect citizens.

The author of this letter states that greed is ok if it’s “regulated”

Developers are in a rush to build before they have to comply with any future safety standards.
This is "unregulated greed". The author’s words mirror the example that they use for the basis of their opinion about wind opponents, on group thinking and rationalization of belief into fact.
The most flagrant example of this is their rationalization of greed as a virtue.
Perhaps that is the problem with wind proponents in general.
What the writer is saying is that the “American Way”, essentially the principal that this nation was founded upon is avarice and greed.

Essentially justifying their position as "free enterprise"

I for one am a proponent of free enterprise and capitalism but not at the expense of my neighbor’s health and well being.

The writer is casting aspersions on wind opponents with the whole group thinking analogy.

They equate avarice and greed to the “American way”

"The angry green shirts” wanting to profit at the expense of others


THE AMERICAN WAY?

MAYBE JUST THE,GREEN,GREEDWAY


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

OPTIONAL ETHICS FOR THE WIND INDUSTRY, BALANCED WITH OPTIONAL INTEGRITY IN GOVERNMENT

ATTORNEY GENERAL CUOMO ESTABLISHES CODE OF CONDUCT FOR WIND ENERGY
This was essentially to establish unprecedented transparency that will deter any improper

relationships between wind development companies and local government officials.

In a Watertown town times article James H. Madden, project manager for BP Alternative Energy's wind farm at Cape Vincent, said he hadn't seen or heard about the code and BP would have to review it before signing on.

since the Attorney General established the CODE OF
CONDUCT FOR WIND ENERGY IN … OCTOBER OF 2008.
HAS BP HAD ENOUGH TIME TO “REVIEW”IT YET?

WHAT ABOUT ACCIONA, THEY COULDN’T EVEN BE REACHED FOR A COMMENT;
DID THEY EVER ANSWER THEIR PHONE?

The same Watertown Times article quotes Darrel Aubertine’s remarks on the code of conduct.

Mr. Aubertine said he has always been "transparent".
"I support the attorney general in this effort," he said.

"I have always been forthright and open about my family's decision to sell our wind development rights in Cape Vincent — as this paper has reported — and I believe municipal and
government officials should be forthright as well."

When Governor Paterson was in Watertown he said...
There is a real rush for energy creation these days, it has to be balanced with good government,
and integrity on the part of those who take part in the decision making process.

Maybe the problem with the Attorney generals
CODE OF CONDUCT IS THAT IT IS OPTIONAL!!!


http://www.oag.state.ny.us/media_center/2008/oct/oct30a_08.html

Aubertine Letter

Tuesday, February 3, 2009