BP's Tatics in Cape Vincent Ny

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Schomer Reviews Hessler Noise Reoprt

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Below are examples of how Hessler and Associates operate to ensure that they produce the results that their clients pay for


The picture at the Top: “Quiet” Hessler view of his site The other picture at the Bottom: View from opposite direction showing
Monitor area was actually nearby to farm machinery and sheds, and not very near to the house.

Also Hessler described position #3 in the BP study as “representative of a typical residence along NYS 12E.”However, he failed to show that the trailer in the photograph was a field office for a construction company installing a new Town of Cape Vincent water district.

Furthermore at the back of the trailer, out of view, was a marshalling yard for trucks, supplies and heavy equipment. The choice of this site and suggesting it is a typical residence was very misleading.

Schomer and Associates sent this letter to Cape Vincent Town Supervisor,
in response to the April 14, 2010 sound presentation, given at recreation park, by Hessler. Hessler’s presentation was sponsored by Acciona, the Mother company of Cape Vincent’s proposed St. Lawrence industrial wind project.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Why Did Acciona Reduce Their Turbine Numbers?

An important part of the WPEG lawsuit that stands out is the noise issue the planning board ignored their consultant’s recommendations. In Edsalls affidavit # 59.

The planning board stated with respect to operational noise, that impacts had successfully been minimized through project design (reduction of total number of turbines from 96 to 53) the Water town Daily times article below explains why Acciona areally reduced their turbine numbers.

This order by New York's Public Service Commission requires renewable energy developers to quantify and qualify whether their proposed project, if built, will displace other renewable energy and in what amounts.

Developers of the proposed Galloo Island, Horse Creek and Cape Vincent wind farms have one more study to add to their lists after an order from the Public Service Commission.

Under the PSC's order, dated Oct. 20, all renewable energy projects built at 80 megawatts or more in capacity must conduct the "energy deliverability" study

Monday, December 27, 2010

Many people who oppose industrial wind do not have a clue what it means to be a farmer in this area.

Letter to the editor from the watertown Times

Scott Aubertine has tried very hard to be fair in his interpretation of the wind power issue.

The majority of people who strongly oppose wind development in our farmlands are not even familiar with that part of our town.

The windmills, if put on our farmland north of Route 12E, would not be part of the waterfront viewshed. There is no law that protects a property owner's viewshed.

The tourism industry in Lyme is about as developed as it ever will be right now. Why? Because we have no good waterfront land left for tourism development. It is covered by private homes, cottages, garages near the roads, docks of all sorts hanging out over the water and decks suspended along the shoreline.

The natural flora and fauna of our shoreline have been driven out, and people who are not fortunate enough to own a piece of this "paradise" can seldom enjoy it. I have lived here for 40 years and have never known the pleasure of a walk along the beach.

Sometimes people who work hard all their lives elsewhere to buy a piece of this paradise give the impression that people who work hard here all their lives should be indebted to them for coming here and paying "big" taxes. Many people who live and work here feel that seasonal residents look upon them as servants. This is really sad.

Many people who oppose industrial wind do not have a clue what it means to be a farmer in this area. They think of local farmers as wealthy landowners who are lazy and greedy. How can supposedly well-educated people be so uninformed?

I sincerely hope that Scott and the rest of the town board will go to work right away to develop a wind law that is reasonable. The town board should not be afraid to talk to BP or Acciona any more than New York State Energy Research and Development Authority or anybody else. The more open they are to all sources of information, the more prepared they will be. And by the way, BP is more American owned than most companies, banks or other enterprises we deal with every day.

Scott is doing a good job.

Julia Gosier

Three Mile Bay

Link here to Watertown Times article and original comments

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Watertown Daily Times | Windmills won't hurt Lyme tourism

Scott Aubertine has tried very hard to be fair in his interpretation of the wind power issue.

The majority of people who strongly oppose wind development in our farmlands are not even familiar with that part of our town.[ Watertown Daily Times | Windmills won't hurt Lyme tourism]

Corey White Asks So how does the minority that elected Urban feel about his leadership now?

Hirschey is wasting taxpayers' money


I was shocked when I saw the recent ad by the anti-wind coalition. In this ad, the coalition compares windmills placed in the windiest sections of New York to the attack on Pearl Harbor, in which more than 2,400 American soldiers lost their lives. Coalition members are comparing their disappointment that cocktails on their summer home patios won't be the same anymore to the murder of 2,400-plus Americans on Dec. 7, 1941. This ad is incredibly disrespectful and Cape Vincent Town Council member Brooks Bragdon should be ashamed to be a member of this coalition.

Cape town Supervisor Urban Hirschey recently had an audit done for the town's finances because he and the Cape anti-wind group had themselves convinced that former Supervisor Tom Rienbeck and others on the town board were corrupt.[Watertown Times]

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Anti-wind folks hide beyond anonymity

One of our local newspapers gives people the opportunity to respond online to letters people have mailed in. Whenever someone writes a logical, rational, pro-wind letter, you can expect anti-wind folks will attack the writer online with name-calling and personal threats. This is funny because people who mail in letters have the courage to include their names, but the online anti-wind writers choose to be anonymous and give themselves cute names like Outlaw and Windless.

People should look closely at the anti-wind responses, not because they're rational because they're not, but because it's interesting to see what the anti-wind don't try to deny. My son Cory wrote a letter, and he pointed out that the voter list from the November 2009 election proves that the Cape's anti-wind registered family members to their residences so that these family members who've never lived in the Cape could vote in our election. What's interesting is that in the 20 or so responses to Cory's letter, not a single anti-wind denied this. So if no one's denying this was done, is Urban Hirschey the legitimate supervisor? [Watertown Times]

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


~ Are Wind Turbines Hazardous to your Health?

State Rep. David Potter (D-Rutland) told Statehouse reporters at a January press conference: “It’s pretty well established that industrial wind turbines can cause significant health and safety issues for some folks living near them.”

Bromage also reported about a meeting where some Vermonters got an earful about wind turbine syndrome from one of the theory’s leading purveyors,
Dr. Michael Nissenbaum, a Northern Maine Medical Center physician who found mysterious health problems among homeowners living near a wind farm in Mars Hill, Maine.

Taking the opposite view was Dr. Robert McCunney, a staff physician at Massachusetts General Hospital’s pulmonary division who coauthored a study for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) that found turbine noise can be “annoying,” but is not causally linked to health problems.

McCunney says he typed “wind turbine syndrome” into PubMed, an online database of 19 million citations for peer-reviewed biomedical research, and the search turned up nothing. Likewise, a search for “vibroacoustic disease,” another syndrome supposedly linked to wind turbines, revealed no case — control studies or longitudinal studies — the ones scientists consider valid, McCunney says.

McCunney’s group did no original research, but rather reviewed and compiled findings from a dozen other studies.

I would like to add my two cents

Pub med does have articles about symptoms and manifestation of Vibrocustic disease , there were 36 articles published about Vibrocoustic disease and low frequency noise. On the one hand,
McCunney stated that Wind Turbine Syndrome Does not exist because it has not been published in Pub Med, additionally he said that the articles that are published in Pub Med that recognize that Low frequency noise causes Vibrocoustic disease and a myriad of health problems are not reliable. He is actually discrediting his own credibility.

Below are three articles that I pulled out of the Pub Med data base specifically related to the ill effects of

wind turbine noise and humans

and one about underwater noise and the effects on porpoises and seals.
Plus there were 320 easy to find noise related articles, however I do not work for the AWEA so perhaps this somehow made it easier for me to find these articles .

I am not a Dr. and I was able to reason that since "Wind Turbine Syndrome" is a phrase coined by Dr. Nina Pierpont, and that she only recently published her book.
Perhaps there were no publications in pub med's data base titled Wind Turbine Syndrome, and if one were really interested in whether or not wind turbines were really hazardous to humans.
They would type in a phrase that would not limit their results unless they were intentionally trying to limit their results…
If you deny something it does not exist.

I would also like to point out that there are other databases available for research info that are reliable other than Pub Med.

Response to noise from modern wind farms in The Netherlands.

Perception and annoyance due to wind turbine noise--a dose-response relationship.

Wind turbine noise, annoyance and self-reported health and well-being in different living environments.

Underwater noise from three types of offshore wind turbines: estimation of impact zones for harbor porpoises and harbor seals.