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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

BP Good neighbor agreements...

This is a re-posting of a post from May 1,2012
I am re-posting this  because I have been getting an inordinate amount of traffic to this post.

It is my understanding that by New York State Law , a good neighbor agreement cannot be used to subvert a communities zoning law. If these agreements were to be honored the land owner would essentially be writing their own land use variance.

Below are excerpts from a BP good neighbor agreement also known as an easement.
Additionally at the end of this post, I have added a link to a BP good neighbor agreement contract.

Good Neighbor
Although Grantee (BP)adheres to generally recognized wind industry practices and applies commercially reasonable measures to minimize effects of its wind farm activities on neighboring properties, will acknowledges the grantee's wind power facilities may still impact the owner's property. Owner has agreed to grant certain rights and easements to accommodate any impact that Grantee's (BP’s) wind power facilities they have on owners property.

This clause is an acknowledgement disclosure the landowner acknowledges that they are aware that there are impacts and they are giving informed consent.Wind farm operations easement.Owner grants Grantee (BP) an exclusive easement in, on, over, across and through owners property, for the purpose of allowing any audio, visual, view, light, noise, vibration, shadow flicker, air turbulence, wake, ice, electromagnetic, electric and radio interference, ice throw or other, whether created hazards, or other effect of any kind whatsoever resulting, directly or indirectly from any construction, development, repair, maintenance, replacement, or operation of grantee's wind power facilities or other of grantee's activities on wind farm.

This clause allows broad unlimited surface and subsurface property uses.Noise waiver.Owner grants Grantee and easement for the right and privileges to generate and maintain audible noise levels in excess of 50 dBA(L 90) on and above the noise easement property at any times of the day or night(" noise easement"). The "noise easement property" shall mean owners property, except those portions within a two hundred (200) – foot radius circle (or lesser distance with owner's prior consent). Centered on the inside of each presently existing, occupied residents on the owner's property. If noise levels produced by the turbines exceed 50 dBA (L90), as measured within (200) feet (or lesser agreed distance) from inside of a presently existing, occupied residents on owners property by an independent, professional applying commonly accepted measurement instruments and standards, grantee shall reduce the noise levels produced by the turbines to 50 dBA (L 90) at two hundred (200) feet (or lesser agreed distance) from the residence. Said noise easement shall further permit the grantee to generate and maintain audible noise levels, emitting from grantee's wind turbines installed on property adjacent to owner’s property, up to 55 dBA at the property boundaries.

This noise waiver allows Grantee (BP) to maintain audible noise levels day and night exceeding 50 dBA (L90). Noise may affect wildlife, as well as other landowners and the quiet enjoyment of the Owner’s Property.)Owner understands and acknowledges that by ordinance, and otherwise, Jefferson County and other governmental entities may now and in the future require, unless waived, certain setbacks of wind turbine generators from property boundaries based on their noise levels. Owner for itself and it's successors and assigns, as owner of the property, waives any and all claims that it may now or hereafter have against Grantee or against Jefferson County, New York, in connection with noise levels that may be generated on owners property by the wind farm.

Setback waiver 
Grantee(BP) or any affiliate of Grantee (BP) owns, leases or holds an easement in other land concerning or contiguous to the owner's property and has installed or constructed or desires to install construct wind power facilities such adjacent land at or near, the boundary with owners property, owner hereby waives any and all setbacks and setback requirements, whether now or hereafter imposed by applicable law, or by any person or entity, including, without limitation, any setback requirements described in current or future zoning ordinances. In Jefferson County, New York, or in any governmental entitlement or permit heretofore or hereafter issued to Grantee (BP) or such affiliate provided, however, Grantee (BP) agrees that no generating unit shall be located closer than 500 feet from owner’s property line or 1200 feet from any occupied residence on the property, such measurements to be calculated from the center point- of the generating unit.

Upon Grantee (BP) or an affiliates request, owner shall at no additional cost to Grantee (BP)execute(and if appropriate cause to be acknowledged) any setback waiver, setback elimination or other document or instrument reasonably requested by Grantee(BP), its members, or lenders, Jefferson County real estate of New York or any applicable governmental authorities in connection there were, – return the same for any applicable governmental authorities in connection there with – return the same thereto within 10 days after such request, and – provide such public support as Grantee(BP) may reasonably request in connection with any related zoning variance or other government applications by grantee(BP).This clause seemingly overrides without limitation, any setback requirements described in current or future zoning ordinances of Jefferson County.

Additionally the Owner agrees to execute a setback waiver as requested by BP or their lenders. and the owner will publicly support BP's request.

Link here to read entire Good Neighbor agreement


Anonymous said...

"Like a good neighbor State Farm is there..." Maybe State Farm, but never BP.

There are far more restrictions in BP's good neighbor agreement than the "unduly burdensome" town zoning law. But, hey give me some money dammit and I'll sell you my kids.

If you think about it, this agreement says, "You don't have to worry about town law, process, site plan review, zoning permits or anything the town requires in its land use regulations because BP SAYS SO!!

Anyone who signs one of these things should have been asking the town, "Does this agreement really exempt me from all this town stuff?"

The answer, Nope!

This "good neighbor" agreement should make us all think about what it is really saying, if you sign this paper a foreign, global corporate powerhouse says local laws don't apply to you. You are above the law because we the foreign, global powerhouse say so.

Let's take this nonsense a little further. How about another clause in the agreement that says you don't have to claim the income provided by BP on your federal and state income tax returns. Why, because a foreign, global corporate powerhouse, BP, says so.

Or, you can dump all the toxic shit (e.g., gasoline, paint, used motor oil, old refrigerators, junk cars etc.) you want on your land and don't have to worry about DEC restrictions. Why, because a foreign, global corporate powerhouse, BP, says so.

At what point would someone who signed one of these agreements begin to wonder or ask, is this legal? Does BP really have the authority to exempt 'Little Old Me' from our laws? Well, grab the palm of your hand and slap yourself in the forehead. It's wake-up time and time to engage your noodle.

BP ain't above the law and they ain't got the power to tell you to ignore the law. [Unless of course they are paying local officials to overlook the law, which is called outreach in BP lingo).

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be interesting to see the financial records of the voters for wind? In some situations, aren't courts able to ask for them...?

Anonymous said...

Yes, especially in cases where the plaintiffs claim financial loss...

Anonymous said...

I wonder if good neighbor agreements are required to be registered with the county clerk just like a land lease with the wind developer? Wouldn't you like to know who signed up with the developer to accept good neighbor payoffs? Why shouldn't good neighbor agreements be public information? Wouldn't you like to know who you can trust? How can this be any different from a land lease as money is changing hands that favors the developer? Who can legally answer these questions?

Anonymous said...

these " good" neighbor agreements should be retitled as -


Ben Dover said...