BP's Tatics in Cape Vincent Ny

Friday, October 19, 2012

Map of Potential Environmental Justice Areas in the Towns of Cape Vincent & Clayton


Link here to view more environmental Justice areas in Jefferson County


BP alternative energy decided to pursue the development of their Cape Vincent Wind project under Article 10 of the Public Service law. This law, governs the siting of major electric generating facilities statewide. This new law takes the decision making away from communities and puts it into the hands of an appointed board. 
The first step of this process requires the developer to file a document called a Public involvement Program or (PIP) for community outreach. September 17, 2012 BP Alternative energy submitted a PIP for their Cape Vincent Wind project to the Public service commission 



 The Public service Commission's answer to BP's PIP  made specific recommendations to BP regarding the inadequacy of their PIP .   The Public Service Commission also noted  that the project area includes a part of the Town of Cape Vincent that was recently identified by the N.Y.S DEC as a potential  Environmental Justice (E.J) area.

 Environmental justice  areas require enhanced Public Participation Plans.
Link here to DEC website, information regarding the E J Public Participation Plan

  Not long ago, there was a story on the COAX website about environmental justice groups and their concern for the new article 10 power plant siting law.
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Representatives of a local E.J (environmental justice) groups in NYC addressed the DEC
( Department of Environmental Conservation ) concerning the agency’s new, proposed regulations for power plant siting. These groups represented Southern Brooklyn, Northern Brooklyn, the South Bronx, West Harlem and less directly, all “E.J communities” and anyone now or potentially exposed to power plant pollution.

 Link here to read the N.Y.S ,DEC recently adopted  Environmental Justice Regulations

The purpose of Article 10 is to both limit C02 emissions from power plants and to create further protections for low income, minority and environmentally burdened communities from new or expanding power plants that generate at least 25 MWs in or near residential areas. Article 10 requires applicants of power plant permits to conduct an E.J analysis, which will include demographic variables as well as existing environmental variables.
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In New York State Environmental discrimination is not only based on ones ethnicity it is based on socioeconomic status as well. Over the last few years poorer communities in New York State have been systematically targeted for wind development. The people in these communities have less resources and time to learn about wind facilities and the environmental risks and hazards . Consequently, these communities have been targeted by big wind.
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The DEC Environmental Justice Policy  CP-29 amends the DEC environmental permit review process by identifying Potential Environmental Justice Areas and establishing requirements for proposed projects affecting those communities.


"Environmental Justice:

A condition of environmental justice exists when environmental risks and hazards and investments and benefits are equally distributed without direct or indirect discrimination at all jurisdictional levels and when access to environmental investments, benefits, and natural resources are equally distributed; and when access to information, participation in decision making, and access to justice in environment-related matters are enjoyed by all."

"Environmental Injustice:

An environmental injustice exists when members of disadvantaged, ethnic, minority or other groups suffer disproportionately at the local, regional (sub-national), or national levels from environmental risks or hazards, and/or suffer disproportionately from violations of fundamental human rights as a result of environmental factors, and/or denied access to environmental investments, benefits, and/or natural resources, and/or are denied access to information; and/or participation in decision making; and/or access to justice in environment-related matters."



5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Homes in the purple area will suffer severe loss of property value. For many poor folks and retired their only investment is their property and home mortgage. The risk of losing 40% of value is a horrible thought.

Anonymous said...

Not to throw a wet blanket on this issue, but how could the status of a "potential environmental justice area" possibly be ascribed to the shoreline of the St.Lawrence from Millens Bay to the village of Clayton,but not to the rest of the shoreline from Millens Bay all the way to the town of Lyme??

What is specifically different about this designated potential area ,from the rest of Cape Vincent and Clayton??

This sounds more like arbitrary environmental discrimination, than justice.

Shows the illogic of bureacratic reasoning.

Anonymous said...

Disclaimer: The NYSDEC does not guarantee the accuracy of this map, or anything else.

Anonymous said...

This must be the section of our town that Marion Trieste, Trieste Associates and BP Alternative Energy characterize as "Little Appalachia."

Anonymous said...

A condition of environmental justice exists when environmental risks and hazards and investments and benefits are equally distributed without direct or indirect discrimination at all jurisdictional levels and when access to environmental investments, benefits, and natural resources are equally distributed; and when access to information, participation in decision making, and access to justice in environment-related matters are enjoyed by all."

According to this definition, there is no comunity or region of New York State, that will experience environmental justice, as long as Art. X denies them their constitutional right to self government.

To equate having two adhoc members sit on a board without a vote on the final approval of a project, to participation in the decision making process is arrogant and patronizing.