BP's Tatics in Cape Vincent Ny

Friday, August 31, 2012

Walk Softly and Carry a BIG GREEN STICK ...

Recently I found a story about imposing carbon taxes on goods in proportion to the amount of Carbon Dioxide their production or use involved.
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Cornell professor Robert H. Frank lays out the new green agenda for tax policy.

According to Professor Frank, stopping global warming may require carbon taxes of about $300 per ton of carbon dioxide emitted, and by implementing such taxes, we can also balance the federal budget. “If such a tax were phased in,” Frank says, “the prices of goods would rise gradually in proportion to the amount of carbon dioxide their production or use entailed. The price of gasoline, for example, would slowly rise by somewhat less than $3 per gallon. ... We’ll also need substantial additional revenue, most of which could be generated by a carbon tax.” ...

Divided evenly among 300 million Americans, the green tax works out to a burden of $9,270 imposed on every man, woman, and child. While this would be a pittance for the most affluent Americans, it would take away 40 percent of the total income of a family of four supported by two wage earners making the average U.S. salary of $45,000 each, and it would be a virtually fatal burden for the poor.[1]

Additionally, Australia’s carbon tax is being Praised by Barack Obama as a model for the world.
This highly unpopular carbon tax, took effect July 1st, and is being policed by laws which forbid business owners from criticizing it for causing price rises – criminals who do so are under threat of being hit with huge fines of over $1 million dollars.[2]

[1] TIMES 24/7 The Washington Times
Cornell Carbon Tax 
by Robert Zubrin

[2] Alex Jones Infowars.com
The tax whose name cannot be spoken by
Paul Joseph Watson

Proposed N.C. wind farm on collision course with Air Force fighter jets

By JOHN MURAWSKI
The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)
Published: August 31, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. — Troubles keep mounting for a proposed wind farm in eastern North Carolina that already faces questions about whether it will harm the local bald eagle population.

In the latest round of complications for the Pantego Wind Energy Project, U.S. military officials in Wayne County have disclosed that the 49-turbine wind farm would imperil the daily bombing runs of low-flying fighter jets at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

Continue reading Via this link

I pledge allegiance to...

Photo shows NYS Senator Darrel Aubertine ~ sitting through Pledge of Allegiance showing disrespect to the Flag of the United States of America


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  Darrel Aubertine advises the Cape Vincent Town Board Re: conflicted board members voting on wind issues.

June 15, 2006
Cape Vincent town board members
P.O. Box 680
Cape Vincent, NY 13618
Re: abstaining from voting on the location
on wind turbines in Cape Vincent

ladies and gentlemen:
I regret that I was unable to attend the public hearing held on June 3 at which time the above referenced subject was discussed and I appreciate the opportunity to share my thoughts with you now.
Specifically, I would like to comment about the issue of whether a board member should abstain from voting on the issue. As elected representatives, we are responsible to make decisions for the benefit of our constituents and community. This project, which affects thousands of acres in dozens property owners, has the potential to positively affect every resident. Whether through a reduced property tax rate for new economic opportunities. Messrs Wood and Mason will certainly not be the sole beneficiaries should this project move forward.
While some may feel that these elected officials should abstain from voting on this matter I believe is that they should not. If they are restrained from voting in this instance, then shouldn't the community decide now that the guiding principles will be for future absent nation in different matters and with different representatives? I. E. Voting a tax rate that affects their personal property.
Healthy and positive discourse is mandatory in a democracy; however, governing by referendum is unwise. After careful reflection, I feel that it is ethically proper fit in this case all board members should vote on the issue at hand. In fact I believe it is their responsibility to do so.

Sincerely
Darrel Aubertine

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

A reformed supporter of Wind Power

 Photo of Wolfe Island Turbines taken from County Route 6 (Valley Road Cape Vincent NY
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Letter from a reformed supporter of wind power
May 8, 2011

  — There’s been a lot of discussion lately about wind powered electrical generation plants being constructed on formerly forested ridges in Maryland and West Virginia.

As a former supporter of wind power, I decided to make an unofficial, private citizen’s study of the subject. Since August 2010, I’ve visited hundreds of wind farms in twenty states observing siting, noise and operating practices.

Among the many conclusions I’ve drawn is that wind turbines are a silly and inefficient means of generating electricity which rarely meet the claims made to promote them. The claim stated most often is the large number of homes that will be powered by a wind energy plant. This might be possible if the wind blew at a high and constant speed all the time.

Fortunately for us and unfortunately for the wind promoters it does not. A second claim made on behalf of wind turbines is that their useful life is 20 years or more. Observation of turbines in the 20 states I’ve visited shows that wind turbines begin to break down early in their operation and that the average four or five year old wind farm will have 5 percent or more of its turbines standing still.

Last month, I flew over the two brand new wind facilities on Backbone Mountain in Maryland. One at Roth Rock, a German Nordex, and two Clipper turbines were not turning.

Last week I was in Utah at Edison Mission’s wind powered generating facility in Spanish Fork. Locally, Edison Mission has recently received the blessing from the West Virginia Public Service Commission and the Mineral County commissioners to construct a wind farm on the mountain that frames the city of Keyser.

Spanish Fork, Utah, where the Edison Mission wind facility is located, was touted in 2008 as having the “richest source of wind in Utah.” Only nine turbines were built there in a suburban environment.

It is worth noting that a half days drive away is the Milford, Utah, Wind Corridor with over 100 wind turbines. It began in 2009 and was still erecting towers last week. So much for the hyperbole of “richest source” in Spanish Fork.

I visited Spanish Fork two consecutive days and on each day, one of the nine turbines was not turning, two or three were turning too slowly to produce electricity and the rest were turning a little faster, but not at full capacity.

The Spanish Fork facility is not on open ground like Milford Wind Corridor (most western and mid-western wind farms are) nor is it on a ridge line. Edison Mission has placed their nine Suzlon wind turbines, from India, in a valley at the mouth of a canyon, below towering mountains on foundations that are 60 or 70 feet lower than the Spanish Fork housing development they face.

According to Utah Valley news reports, the electricity generated here will not be used in Spanish Fork because the cost of the electricity generated by the wind is greater than what the city would pay from traditional sources.

When the project was constructed, in 2008, Spanish Fork’s Nebo School District was promised $1.267 million for the first 20 years of wind farm operation and $3.682 million for every 20-year phase thereafter.

I don’t know whether the wind farm has met those obligations, but I know that this year the Nebo School District found it necessary to furlough its teachers and cut days from the school year because of budget shortfalls.

Edison Mission does contribute to the Spanish Fork economy through an annual kite festival celebrating the wind in Spanish Fork.

John Terry

Montrose, W.Va.

A Cape Vincent History Lesson By Harold Wiley





A Little History of Cape Vincent

(As I see it)
 By Harold Wiley

August 2011

Cape Vincent is, has and always will be a beautiful town and village on the bank of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. We have the most beautiful sunsets, sunrises and moonlit nights, all unsurpassed by any others in the world. Our beautiful clean St. Lawrence River is a sight to behold with ships and boats passing on a beautiful day, in a very relaxing atmosphere.
Lets go back to my fond memories of Cape Vincent and how it has progressed or possibly digressed over my 80 plus years of living here.

First of all, I remember five thriving hotels, four successful grocery stores, one dry goods and clothing store, one movie theater, two hardware stores, one lumberyard, two gristmills and feed stores, one pharmacy and drug store, two resident dentists, one family doctor and one resident undertaker who also served as ambulance service for the town. We also had four gas stations and garages and one new car dealership. Where have they all gone and why? We do have one big asset in our community, a thriving bank, the Citizens Bank of Cape Vincent. Thanks to a strong board of directors, the bank has survived through thick and thin and still manages to keep on growing.
Cape Vincent started out as a small, growing community with everyone supporting local business and keeping them going. The old story, live, let live and help others live. The hotels used to fill up in the summer with corporation and business executives when they came to fish and relax for a weekend , keeping a guides association busy taking them fishing, relaxing and providing shore dinners on the beautiful St. Lawrence.
Then these people began to realize that they could bring their families, pitch a tent on the beautiful shores of the St. Lawrence River, row a boat, fish relax and enjoy the beauty of the area. Soon they began bringing campers and trailers
And put them on the banks of the beautiful River. And permanent trailers were installed as summer homes for many people.
Then they began trailering boats to the area, bigger and better every year. Mobile home parks were established and permanent trailers were installed as summer homes for many people.
Many mobile home park owners made good money with these parks, but some of the people that built beautiful homes along the river started to complain that there were too many tin cans obstructing the beautiful view of the river. I would hate to think what our tax base would be if it were not for mobile home parks and summer homes along the river. Again, it helped our tax base and allowed for many improvements in our town.

We need and appreciate these people very much but again, live and let live.

I believe the next project after the negative discussion of tin cans along the river was the merger of Cape Vincent and Clayton School districts into one great district. Was it plain and simple? No. There were many meetings and negative discussions about the increase in taxes, etc. Our school board prevailed, the district was formed and we have a school district to be proud of today as it is recognized as one of the best in the northern area. It attracted good teachers, superintendents, principals, coaches, etc.

Again live, let live and help others live.

The next huge issue to come before the residents of Cape Vincent was the building of a prison in our town. This really aroused people the the point of turning friends and neighbors against each other again. When it was first mentioned at a town board meeting the comment was “Do you want Cape Vincent Known as a prison town?”

Times passed and many public meetings overflowing with hands for and against. Finally, with a strong town board, a decision was reached. Property was purchased and the prison was built. It has provided many jobs for local men and women (good paying jobs). It has also brought other people to move here, rent homes, built homes and helped boost our economy. What other business was about to come to Cape Vincent with a 12 to 13 million dollar pay roll. It has helped keep Cape Vincent alive and well and provided many jobs.

Again live, let live and help others live.

The next issue was a water line running from Cape Vincent to Brownville. Was it easy? No. There was much opposition from people who had good wells next door to people who didn’t have good water. They were all set and didn’t care about their neighbor or others along the water line. Our local town board worked hard and long to provide what was the best for the majority of the people and get the water line through and since has water going off in other directions to serve the people of Cape Vincent.

Again, live, let live and help others live.

This brings us up to our latest discussion and controversy over windmills. It has been a long and arduous battle pro and con. Again, with all other problems that we have had you must respect and listen to opinions and still get along for the best of majority.

The past election though the majority of absentee ballots, brings us a new supervisor and town councilman new to politics in our area. Many of these same people who elected our new supervisor through absentee ballots are the same ones plus many others who have made themselves a comfortable living here on the river or elsewhere that have been against most of the progress proposals that come to Cape Vincent. It is in my thoughts that they have no concern for neighbors, relatives and friends who also want to better themselves here in Cape .Again, that is their opinion and must be respected for it, they have a right to it as we all do.
In closing, I would hope our new supervisor and councilman will have the best interests of all the people in their thoughts and decisions when they are made.

Again, live, let live and help others live.

When I think about our past supervisors and who they were, they were there for all the right reasons, to make Cape Vincent a better place to live.
Our newly elected supervisor, Urban Hirschey, is a stranger to many in our town. The first so called summer resident who has ever been elected to supervisor. Let’s hope he will get well- known to all of us and do what is right for the majority in Cape Vincent and not a select few. I wish him well and hope he gets to know Cape Vincent the way many of us do.

Again, live, let live and help others live.

P.S. I think the windmills will come
and I think they should. I wouldn’t want one but for those that do, I hope they get them. After they are in we can all sit back and enjoy the benefits from them as we all do with controversial issues that have passed over the years.

Harold Wiley

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Aug. 11,2011 ~ It is our firm belief that unethical if not illegal voting methods were implemented

August 11, 2011, Chair of the Democrat Party Harold Wiley submitted a petition to the Cape Vincent Town Board stating ~

It is our firm belief that unethical if not illegal voting methods were implemented which pre- determined the outcome of the local elections held in Cape Vincent, New York in 2009 and that those same methods are being utilized once again in order to manipulate the outcome of the upcoming November elections.
Therefore, we the undersigned concerned residents of Cape Vincent, New York respectfully request that the Town Board of the Town of Cape Vincent, New York takes action to resolve this issue.

This petition was cited by Town Councilman Donny Mason as the basis for the voter fraud resolution he proposed. This resolution was passed by Donny Mason, Marty Mason & Mickey Orvis.
This unconstitutional voter ID law restricted certain residents of Cape Vincent from voting .

August 15, 2011 Town Attorney Mark Gebo sent a letter to Supervisor Hirschey concerning the validity of the Resolution passed by Marty Mason, Donny Mason & Mickey Orvis.

Mr. Gebo ended the letter with, Based upon the forgoing; I believe the resolution passed on August 11, 2011 is ineffective.

Additionally
TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2011

At an editorial board meeting with the Watertown Daily Times, the state's lawyer said that he's glad he hasn't had to deal with Cape Vincent's law requiring that voters have driver's licenses with CV addresses.

"Because it's unconstitutional," Mr. Schneiderman said.

Link here to the Watertown Times story covering Attorney General Schneiderman’s remarks.

 August 25, 2011 Supervisor Hirschey introduced Resolution # 36
 to rescind  the Voter fraud law
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All members voted on resolution # 36
Supervisor Urban Hirschey ~ AYE
Councilman Marty Mason ~ NO
Councilman Mickey Orvis ~ AYE
Councilman Brooks Bragdon~ AYE
Councilman Donny Mason ~ NO

The resolution to rescind the voter fraud law passed.
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Letter From Town Attorney ~ Mark Gebo
 Re: Voter Fraud Law


Resolution to Rescind Unconstitutional Voter Fraud Law

Resolution # 35  Unconstitutional Voter Fraud Law





 click mouse here to read the petition that was circulated to limit voting rights in Cape Vincent

Monday, August 27, 2012

STOP THE INSANITY!

End the Production Tax Credit

GREEN ENERGY
AUGUST 26, 2012
ROBERT BOWEN

President Obama told Associated Press in an interview Saturday that Mitt Romney’s new energy plan shows a ‘disdain for green energy.’ The President said ‘Romney will make good on his vow to end tax credits for wind power projects.’

The President went on to say “He [Romney] said that he would eliminate tax credits that are going to wind producers, even though we've doubled the production of wind energy. I suspect that he has to follow through on those commitments.”[1]
Continue reading via this link.
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The Production Tax Credit (PTC) is nothing more than a Welfare Program for the wind industry, and it should be allowed to expire.
 The PTC was Enacted by Congress in 1992  temporary measure to beef up the wind industry.

Between 2009 and 2013 Wind Subsidies cost American taxpayers $14 billion and $6 billion of these alone were from the Production Tax Credit.[2]

The potential of the Production Tax Credit expiring in December 2012 does not Bode well with Wind proponents.
The argument being used by the American Wind Energy Association and their supporters is that without the Production Tax Credit thousands of jobs will evaporate.
As a result of this thinking, U.S. lawmakers said they may consider extending and then phasing out the main tax break for producing wind energy. [3]

However, this argument is nothing more than a sham
As it now stands the current law provides the benefits of the Production Tax Credit be phased out.   For example, there is 10 year benefit eligibility for turbines after they have been constructed. Turbines created in 2007 will receive the PTC until 2017. So any turbine that is created before the deadline will continue to receive benefits for a decade, until January 2023. [4]

Realistically if this industry has not been able to get on its feet after twenty years and
 Billions in tax subsidies , it is time to stop the insanity.

[1] Examiner .com https://www.examiner.com/article/obama-says-romney-s-energy-plan-shows-a-disdain-for-green-energy?cid=rss

[2] Press Release Senator Lamar Alexander 

[3] Bloombergu-s-lawmakers-consider-phaseout-of-wind-energy-tax-break

[4] National center for Policy analysis http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=22278

Job losses and higher electric bills as a result of ~ "Going Green"


Warnings Ohio's renewable energy mandate would cost consumers dearly were dismissed by proponents of the law, who insisted "going green" would create new jobs and benefit most Buckeye State residents.

But now, job losses and higher electric bills are a reality - and they can be traced directly to government attempts to shift power generation away from coal.
A 2008 Ohio law requires utilities doing business in the state to provide at least 25 percent of the electricity for consumers from "advanced" and "renewable" sources such as wind and solar generation by 2025. Compliance, being phased in, jeopardizes coal-fired power plants that provide economical electricity to households and businesses. continue via this link
 

Sound Bites

Dr. Alec N. Salt, Ph.D., Cochlear Fluids Research Laboratory, Washington University in St. Louis  was a guest on Wind Wise Radio recently 

Dr. Salt's work is worth reading. It explains how we sense and are affected by infra-sound. Important "sound bites": 1) The ear's responses to infrasound can be enormous - over 4 times larger than to sounds you can hear presented at even the loudest levels. 2) The ear's response to low frequency noise at 45 dBA is larger than to wide band noise presented at even the loudest levels. The ear is getting "overstimulated" by low frequency noises at low dBA levels and by infrasound. 3) There are at least 4 scientifically-supported mechanisms by which low frequency sounds that you can't hear can indeed affect you. And we have more on the way! I have never been more convinced that long-term exposure to low frequency noise is really dangerous. Alec Salt Alec N. Salt, Professor Department of Otolaryngology, Box 8115 Washington University School of Medicine 660 South Euclid St. Louis, MO, 63110 Wind turbines can be hazardous to human health As a followup to Dr. Salt's work Charles Ebbing, President of Ebbing Acoustics Comments on Artice 10 Revisions Concerning Low Frequency and INFRA Noise (1)

NEW YORK STATES ~ POWER AGENDA



Photo~ ACE Director Carol Murphy applauds as Governor Cuomo Signs article 10 Legislation ~ 


Not long ago I did a post about a webinar given by Marion Trieste of the Trieste Associates. This broadcast described Trieste's game plan for promoting a wind energy project in communities by creating what she called grassroots organization. Prior to Trieste's forming her own consulting company Ms. Trieste worked for Ace New York.

 ACE NY
Carol E. Murphy, Executive Director
Carol E. Murphy has been a leader in New York's energy policy and political arena for over three decades. She is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, Inc. (ACE NY),

 The Alliance for Clean Energy New York's mission is to promote renewable energy .
 Ace New York is an active participant in Legislative and regulatory affairs, and the oversight of electricity markets.
Ace New York has been actively involved in all of New York's major clean energy initiatives, Ace New York has represented its members on the transition team of Governors Andrew M Cuomo and Eliot Spitzer; held leadership roles on Gov. Paterson's renewable energy task force; Ace New York works closely with the leaders and staff of the NYS Legislature and Executive Chamber, and relevant state agencies and authorities.


 MEMBERS of The ACE Coalition

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·         Azure Mt. Power Company
·         BP Wind Energy
·         Brightridge Solar
·         CEC Energy
·         CUNY Sustainability Project
·         Clean Air NY
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·         Vestas
·         The Vote Solar Initiative
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·         Young/Sommer LLC

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Cape Vincent NY ~ Tourism Promotional video

The short video below is a compilation of statements made by a resident at the public hearing for the comprehensive plan and  has been edited for length.





What does BP's visual assessment say about Tourism and Turbines

Cape Vincent Wind Energy Project SVRA – January 2011

#07-083.50M Page 36

Tourists
– The Thousand Islands region of New York State is a widely recognized vacation destination drawing thousands of visitors year-round. These individuals come to the area specifically to enjoy the historic, recreational, and scenic resources of the lake, river and islands. Most tourists and seasonal residents would have high sensitivity to the visual quality and landscape character, regardless of the frequency or duration of their exposure to the proposed Project. This group may view the proposed facility while boating on the river or lake, from coastal vantage points or while traveling local roadways for the purpose of enjoying the scenic waterfront landscape.

Link here to read BP's full visual assessment report

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Wind turbine noise and atmospheric stability

picture of
~ wolfe Island ~

This is a letter to the editor written by Clif Schneider, a local expert on the topic of noise, in this letter he explains the concept of wind turbine noise and atmospheric stability something that needs to be considered carefully and is extremely important; Mr. Schneider has prepared a report in response to sound studies from commercial wind developers, (Acciona Spain) & (Bp British Petroleum), a series of background noise surveys were conducted , in Cape Vincent, NY between May and July 2008.
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Thousand Islands Sun, Letter to the Editor

~ By Clif Schneider ~

Some T.I. residents will be saying goodbye to those quiet summer evenings. There are now two wind turbine noise reports submitted by developers along the Thousand Islands corridor. One by AES-Acciona Energy concludes their project in Cape Vincent would not “create a significant noise impact.” PPM Atlantic Renewable, on the other hand, freely admits to Town of Clayton residents that their project “would be clearly audible.” In both cases, developers ignored the biggest potential noise threat from wind farm development — atmospheric stability.

First, we have to better understand wind and noise. When the wind blows, trees and shrubbery produce a lot of noise, enough to mask quieter sounds. When the wind subsides, other quiet sounds, like the sound of a cricket, can become more noticeable. This relates to wind turbine noise, too. Turbines are loudest when the wind is blowing hard. As wind subsides, turbines slow down making less noise. When the wind quits, turbines stop as well. However, there is a condition when turbines can still be noisy even after the wind stops blowing.

During clear, cloudless nights a process called radiation cooling takes place whereby the atmosphere next to the ground becomes stable — it decouples from the air mass just above the ground. What is significant about this decoupling is that there can be no wind at ground level, but the wind can be blowing quite hard at the height of a wind turbine. Here then is the worst-case scenario developers should be considering, turbines spinning loudly with no masking sounds close to the ground. Even worse, it can occur on summer nights with our bedroom windows wide open.

So, how frequent is atmospheric stability and how loud can the turbines get? From my review of Queens University survey, nearly forty percent of spring and summer nights could be associated with atmospheric stability. Therefore, atmospheric stability is notan infrequent occurance. In ground-breaking studies at a German wind park on the Dutch border, the Dutch physicist Dr G.P. van der Berg showed that “wind turbine noise could be up to 15-18 dBA higher than expected.” NYSDEC guidelines indicate that an increase of 15-20 dBA is “objectionable.”

In conclusion, we have the potential for a real problem. Participating landowners and local officials don’t know about this problem, but should. Developers know about the problem, but don’t want to deal with it. In any case, we should all discuss it before we make an unalterable decision that we might later regret, and if you don’t believe it can happen here, just visit Maple Ridge and talk to someone.

link here to Mr. Schneider's Report

Friday, August 24, 2012

BP's Dirty Path to Clean Energy in Cape Vincent

BP’s Cape Vincent Wind’s development manager wrote a letter to the Town of Cape Vincent and the Article 10 siting board. Each letter had the same theme.

Chandler: BP Wind Energy has already been engaged with the local community for years on the Cape Vincent Wind Farm project and such work should not be ignored.
Additionally Chandler added: the proposed Zoning Law would effectively prohibit wind generation from being sited within the Town. The Town has already evaluated potential impacts from the Cape Vincent St. Lawrence wind farm projects and made favorable findings.

The favorable findings that BP’s Chandler speaks of resulted from BP and Acciona tampering with the Local Legislative Process.

In 2006 both BP Energy and Acciona Energia began the permitting process for two proposed industrial wind projects in Cape Vincent. At the time we had no provision in our zoning law to regulate or guide wind development. After two aborted attempts at drafting a wind law by previous town lawmakers, a committee convened in 2010 for a third try. The committee consisted of a representative and leader of a local wind leaseholder group as well as wind lease holding town officials.
At the February 5 and 6, 2010 meetings, with the assistance of the Town's consulting acoustical engineers, Cavanaugh Tocci Associates, Sudbury, MA, the noise section of the draft wind law was completed . It followed the NYSDEC guideline that no new noise source can exceed background sound by more than 6 dBA, but it also included details for measuring background sound and compliance testing that is missing in the NYSDEC policy.

Contrary to BP's assertion, they did NOT support development of our wind ordinance.
 The wind law committee had reached a consensus at the February 2010 meeting but through the efforts of BP and their leaseholders that agreement was sabotaged.

Shortly after the May 2 wind law meeting began Beth White, committee member and spokesperson for the leaseholder group, suggested picking 50 dBA for a noise limit rather than what the committee had agreed to at the previous meeting. At this point she began discussing economic impacts. White explained that a 50 dBA noise limit would have financial benefits to the community. White presented a spread sheet containing facts and figures to support her claim.
Bottom line a less protective wind law would mean bigger money for the community and lease holders. The lease holding committee members agreed with White blindsiding the other committee members.

May 5, 2010 Three days after this travesty of a meeting, BP’s Business developer, Jim Madden sent a letter to the Cape Vincent Town Board containing data prepared by BP; coincidentally it was the same spread sheet with the same data that White had claimed as her own.

Madden: “The Town of Cape Vincent has been working on developing a wind ordinance for almost two years now. Through this time, BP Wind has supported the development of a wind ordinance so that expectations for siting, construction and operations of wind farms can be clearly established and uniformly enforced. However, despite recent efforts, it appears that a wind ordinance will not be implemented this year, largely due to a lack of agreement on noise limits.”

Additionally Madden wrote “As the limits are tightened, there will be a reduction in the number of turbines and reduction in economic benefits.”

Comparing Madden’s data to that presented by White at the committee meeting, it is clear that she was acting as an agent for BP to thwart the efforts of the committee.

This is only one example of how “BP Wind Energy has been engaged with the local community for years on the Cape Vincent Wind Farm project.”

BP’s Noise Consultant Misrepresented Background Sound: Hessler Associates, Haymarket, VA was retained by BP Wind Energy to complete summertime, background sound study within the project boundaries of BP's Cape Vincent wind power project.
Because there were concerns early on among local citizens that the developer’s noise report was misleading, the Wind Power Ethics Group (WPEG) contracted Dr. Paul Schomer, of Schomer and Associates, Inc., Champagne, IL, to conduct an independent study and review of BP/ Hessler's report.

Schomer's report uncovered a number of questionable practices. One sound level meter was less than 100 ft. from a marshaling yard for heavy construction equipment being  used for a water line project.

Hessler suggested  this site is typical for residences along Rte. 12E .
Additionally, Hessler claimed that insect noise,  elevated background sound levels and would provide a natural making noise that, would minimize wind turbine noise impacts.

Schomer, however, disagreed: The presence of insect noise does nothing to mitigate the wind turbine noise; the measurement of insect noise only masks and obfuscates the truth.”

Schomer concluded by stating, ““Hessler’s BP study for the Cape Vincent Wind Power Facility appears to have selected the noisiest sites, the noisiest time of year, and the noisiest positions at each measurement site. Collectively, these choices resulted in a substantial overestimate of the A-weighted ambient sound level, 45-50 dB according to Hessler.”
 In contrast Schomer found background sound levels were 30 dBA averaged for night-time, daytime and evening. Night-time levels in Cape Vincent averaged 25dBA

BP’s sordid history in Cape Vincent began with their signing many of our town officials and their families to wind leases and good neighbor agreements, knowing this would create blatant conflicts of interest.
 This is a violation of the town’s ethics code and NY State law.
BP’ has stated lofty intentions with their Cape Vincent Wind development however the facts speak for themselves.

BP has left a profound mark on our community, tearing apart families, friendships, and ripping the fabric of our community to shreds.