BP Project manager, Peter Gross was first introduced to our community at the June 8, 2011 planning board meeting. Now like his predecessor he is leaving for greener pastures.
Gross told a Watertown Times reporter Wednesday he is leaving BP to “pursue an opportunity at another company” but that the wind farm project will move ahead with Richard F. Chandler.
Is British Petroleum sending in the big guns to whip our community into shape?
Mr. Chandler, the wind farm’s new project manager, has been involved in a number of large-scale, commercial solar-photovoltaic projects and has most recently completed the 31-megawatt Long Island Solar Farm as the director of development at BP Solar.
This is an attempt by BP to rebrand themselves as the good guys, announcing that they are rethinking the placement and number of turbines for the approximately 200-megawatt project. BP wants to show critics that it is “willing to compromise” in the project by “re-optimizing” the layout. Mr. Gross said BP is not sure which “landowners are getting the shaft” but that the company is devoting “a lot of time and attention to create the best layout.” BP has devoted a lot of time and attention making sure the whole community gets the shaft !
Their wind project will forever scar our community destroying property values slaughtering birds and re-defining our community’s peaceful scenic community into a wind wasteland.
Mr. Gross has hinted that BP would submit an application to the state to consider under Article X if the town of Cape Vincent adopts a stricter set of zoning laws on wind development, saying in February that the merger of the two wind projects was structured “in a manner that preserves all of our permitting options.”
This is my message to BP’s new project manager, welcome to Cape Vincent now leave and take your monster turbines with you!
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