BP's Tatics in Cape Vincent Ny

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Thousand Island region is an international resource

The letter below was recently submitted to the public Service Commission in regard to British Petroleum's Application of Cape Vincent Wind Power, LLC, for a

Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need to Construct an Approximately 200-285 Megawatt Wind Electric Generating Facility in the Town of Cape Vincent, New York.

The Thousand Island region is an international resource and river ecosystem and it should be managed internationally.  The considerable values of this special place and concern for its protection requires input from both sides of the border.  I write to encourage you to reject Industrial Wind turbines in this uniquely beautiful region, the region for Alexandria Bay around to Lyme and Sacketts Harbor.

As a permanent resident of Wolfe Island, a citizen of both countries and as an ecological scientist who has spent 5 years evaluating the significant wildlife and sociological negative impacts as well as the debatable benefits of IWTs I am totally against proposals to build any more of them in this region.

High quality living environments stimulate economic development according to Prof. Thomas Power, of Montana State University.  Wind turbine arrays are a gigantic technological intrusion that will destroy what wilderness-like environment that we have here, foreclosing much of the region¿s desirable, high amenity living space, so attractive to many people.

I consider it irresponsible, bordering on criminal, to consider erecting 1200 Industrial Wind Turbines (proposed for northern NY and eastern lake Ontario) into the flight path of an estimated 12-20 million migratory birds with no intent or plans to scientifically assess the cumulative impact of this massive intrusion into our airspace.

Barrie Gilbert, PhD
Wildlife Ecologist
Wolfe Island, ON K0H2Y0

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