BP's Tatics in Cape Vincent Ny

Sunday, June 30, 2013

BP is polluting Lake Michigan

BP, stop discharging toxic mercury into our water supply


BP, one of the world's biggest companies, dumps nearly 20 times more toxic mercury into Lake Michigan than federal regulations permit.

This has been known for years, but BP still gets away with it. How? Ask the people of Indiana. 
 In 2007, a Chicago Tribune investigation documented that Indiana allowed the massive BP refinery in Whiting to increase the amount of pollutants it released into the lake water that's used by millions of people for drinking, fishing and recreation. Permitting the oil company to dump high levels of mercury, ammonia and suspended solids helped to clear the way for a big expansion of the refinery.
 Continue...
[Chicago Tribune]

Lightning may have damaged turbine

By Jessica Bartlett


The blades on Scituate’s 400-foot-tall wind turbine have stopped spinning, following a lightning storm that may have damaged some of the electrical equipment inside the structure Monday night.
“I’m not 100 percent sure if it was caused by a fluctuation in the grid or if it was a lightning strike, but it’s very possible that it was hit by lightning,” said Sumul Shah, owner and operator of Scituate’s turbine affiliate, Solaya Energy LLC.
Continue...[The Boston Globe]

Siemens to cut 1,700 jobs in energy operations: report

WirtschaftsWoche said the unit's main production facilities in Erlangen and Offenbach and a plant in Muelheim an der Ruhr would be affected by the cost-cutting drive.
Around 140 jobs at Muelheim, where Siemens makes steam turbines, will be cut, the magazine said, citing labor representative sources.
A spokesman for the Siemens group declined comment to Reuters.
Siemens' energy business said last December it planned to cut almost 1,100 jobs in Germany as the engineering giant trims costs to make energy operations more profitable.

The energy unit makes gas and wind turbines, subsea power supply systems for oil platforms and power plants. It said earlier this month it would shut the last of its solar energy businesses after it failed to find a buyer.
Continue...[Reuters]

Sinovel Wind Group facing lawsuit from investors

By Wang Xinyuan

Sinovel Wind Group, China's largest wind turbine maker in terms of market share, is to be charged with financial fraud by some of its investors, a lawyer in charge of the case told the Global Times Sunday.

"We have received about 50 individual investors' requests for the lawsuit," Li Jian, a senior partner at Zhejiang Yufeng Law Firm, told the Global Times.

The investors bought shares in Sinovel but suffered losses due to the company's fudging of its accounts, Li said.

Continue...[Global Times]

Jousting over wind farm extends beyond court

 Wyoming County landowners caught in crossfire of $56M legal dispute
A $56 million court battle over costly delays to the Mehoopany Wind Farm last year has a contractor sparring with BP Wind Energy in two states, with subcontractors and area landowners caught in the crossfire.


Colorado-based RES Americas filed suit against BP Wind and a related firm in Wyoming County Court, seeking $56,189,303 that the contractor says it is owed for work done to ensure that the $250 million wind farm went on line by Dec. 31. That deadline was to take full advantage of a federal tax credit set to expire. Continue...[Go lakawanna .com]

Sen Schumer asks FEMA to extend grant deadline for Metalcraft,FDNY

U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to swiftly extend the deadline for a $4.7 million grant he helped secure in 2009 on behalf of MetalCraft Marine and the Fire Department of the City of New York.
He requested Wednesday that the deadline for MetalCraft to build a new Firestorm 70 fire-rescue boat for the department with federal funding be pushed back by a year to next May.
Continue... [Watertown Times]

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Noise report cover-up ~ Horse Creek wind farm

 I recently came across this indepth Editorial piece from October 7, 2008 that was compiled and written by

Industrial Wind Action Group


Horse Creek wind farm: Noise report cover-up(Posted October 7, 2008) PPM Energy's Horse Creek Wind Farm proposal, now suspended while NY State officials evaluate the potential high bat mortality from the turbines, is the center of a sobering debate concerning preconstruction sound study reports. The proposed project consists of sixty-two industrial wind turbines spanning the towns of Clayton and Orleans in upstate New York. Over 1000 residents reside within the project's proposed footprint.

In January 2007, shortly after the Town of Clayton adopted its Wind Energy Facilities Ordinance (Local Law 1) governing placement of turbines in the town, PPM released its Noise Analysis report on the project prepared by Global engineering giant CH2M HILL. The report's summary states: "The facilities steady state noise levels are predicted to comply with the Town of Clayton's Wind Energy Facilities Ordinance limit of 50 dBA at offsite residences." It further adds "the facilities noise level may exceed the existing levels by 6 dBA at lower wind speeds but maintains compliance with the Town of Clayton's Wind Energy Facilities Ordinance limit of 50 dBA". New York State guidelines suggest that sound level increases over existing background should not exceed 6 dBA.

Serious and substantial complaints filed by Clayton residents regarding possible excessive and harmful noise impacts from the turbines prompted the Planning Board to hire acoustic engineering firm Cavanaugh Tocci Associates (CTA) of Sudbury MA to evaluate the CH2M HILL report. CTA was specifically requested to "re-evaluate noise impact per NYSDEC guidelines and Town of Clayton Local Law 1 2007 Wind Energy Facilities".

The completed CTA report was received by Clayton officials, Town Supervisor Justin Taylor and Planning Board Chairman Roland Baril, on or around February 15, 2008 but never released to other Planning Board members or the public. Apparently, CTA's report was deemed "too complicated" for review. Three Freedom of Information requests were filed with the town, including one from the local newspaper, and all were denied. Clayton Supervisor Mr. Taylor announced through the Town's engineering consultants Bernier & Carr Associates that CTA's report was sent back with the request that an executive summary be provided to help explain CTA's findings. CTA complied and delivered a 2-page summary on August 25. This summary was again held by Taylor and Baril.

During the Oct 1 regular meeting of the Clayton Planning Board, Planning Board Chairman Baril informed the attending residents as well as the Planning Board that it was the recommendation of Bernier & Carr Associates that CTA's report again be refused as too technical for public review and that CTA's executive summary would be the ONLY document released to other Board members. Taxpayers were welcome to a copy of the summary via a Freedom of Information request submitted to the Clayton Town Clerk.

According to the CTA executive summary, there are serious problems with the methodology employed by CH2M HILL in conducting its noise analysis whereby estimated background sound levels were overestimated. CTA also makes clear that participating property owners, those who've entered into lease agreements with PPM, should update their real estate deeds to reflect noise easements. CTA is clear that noise emanating from the turbines, even if compliant with Clayton's Local Law 1, will affect future property owners who might occupy a dwelling.

The problem of Wind Turbine noise is becoming more pronounced as turbines are built close to where people live. Windaction.org is tracking noise issues in numerous locations including Mars Hill, ME, Lowville, NY, Brownsville, WI, McLean County, IL, and Blair County and Meyersdale, PA, in the UK and Canada. In each of these cases, the question of noise was either never raised prior to the towers being erected or the residents were informed there would be no issue. It's remarkable the lengths PPM and some Clayton officials are going to just to avoid the question. Denying a problem exists in the face of growing evidence is unproductive and will ultimately harm the wind industry and its proponents.

Update: At Clayton's town board meeting on Oct 8, Supervisor Justin Taylor announced the CTA report would now be released to the public.

The Watertown Times : Staff reporter Nancy Madsen
did a story about Clayton Town officials refusing to let residents see a report evaluating the noise study done for Horse Creek Wind Farm. Link -->here<-- about="" read="" span="" style="color: red;" to="">Town keeping mum on noise report

Link here to read the Cavanaugh Tocci Summary and~ Turbine Noise report

Friday, June 28, 2013

Clayton Resident addresses Clayton Town Board Concerning Industrial Wind Development

At the Town of Clayton Town board meeting last Wednesday, Town of Clayton resident Cindy Grant
 spoke to the board about Industrial Wind development


Rare bird last seen in Britain 22 years ago reappears - only to be killed by wind turbine in front of a horrified crowd of birdwatchers

The white-throated needletail is usually only seen in Asia and Australasia Forty birdwatchers dashed to the Hebrides to catch a glimpse of this one But as they watched it was knocked 'stone dead' after impact with turbine 

 By WILL ROBINSON PUBLISHED: 16:52 EST, 27 June 2013 |

There had been only eight recorded sightings of the white-throated needletail in the UK since 1846. So when one popped up again on British shores this week, twitchers were understandably excited.
A group of 40 enthusiasts dashed to the Hebrides to catch a glimpse of the brown, black and blue bird, which breeds in Asia and winters in Australasia.
 But instead of being treated to a wildlife spectacle they were left with a horror show when it flew into a wind turbine and was killed.[Mail online]

U.S. Indicts Chinese Wind Power Company For Stealing Trade Secrets

Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Justice indicted a wind turbine manufacturer based in China,Sinovel, for stealing trade secrets.
The indictment alleges that Sinovel stole intellectual property fromAMSC, a clean energy company based in Dovens, MA, and subsequently sold the stolen technology to customers in Massachusetts.
 Continue... [Forbs]

Ark. Wind Turbine Plant To Shut Down, Cut 40 Jobs

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A $40 million wind turbine factory in northeast Arkansas that opened in 2010 with plans to employ more than 700 people announced Friday it would end production and lay off 40 workers
. Germany-based Nordex SE, parent company of Nordex USA, said the company had not received enough orders due to an uncertain U.S. market, overcapacity in the industry and an unstable outlook for a federal tax production credit.[Manufacturing .net]

BP spinning off U.S. wind farms

Mehoopany facility part of energy company’s sale plans


June 26. 2013 1:48AM
By Roger DuPuis 

British energy company BP is looking to sell off all of its U.S. wind power operations, including the recently completed $250 million Mehoopany Wind Farm in Wyoming County.

“While these assets no longer fit BP’s business profile, they still offer significant value for another energy company,” BP spokesman Matt Hartwig said Tuesday.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

BP's presentation of Cape Vincent Wind Project to the Town of Clayton Town and Village Boards

As required by the Public Service Commission  for the Article 10 process  BP's Richard Chandler gave a presentation to the  Town of Clayton Town and Village Boards Wednesday evening.

Part 1 Presentation                            ~            Part 2 Q&A

BP to Clayton officials: Cape Vincent Wind Farm would be visible from river

A letter to the Article 10 Siting Board: Wind Turbine Projects in the Thousand Islands

This is the latest public comment letter To the Article 10 Siting Board concerning BP's Cape Vincent Wind project.

To the Article 10 Siting Board:
PLEASE, PLEASE, PROTECT THE 1000 ISLANDS at all costs. Tourists and Turbines Don't Mix!
Blanketing this area of Natural Wonders and Wildlife with wind turbines is unforgiveable! Turbines such as
these 497' monsters do not belong around people, domestic animals or wildlife! There are other avenues for
providing electricity to NYS. A solar panel and small windmill provided through tax credits to individuals
would be a good start! Remember we are all entitled to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". These
turbines threaten our health, our prosperity and our ability to pursue happiness. These are foreign corporations,
they have no right to come into our Country and destroy our lives, our scenery, and our wildlife. Shame on
NYS for going along with them and trying to shove them down our throats.

Thank you for the opportunity to express myself.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wind power is not green

Opinion piece

June 23, 2013 12:00 am  •  


The recent edition of the Wyoming Energy Journal cover story of “Twisting in the Wind” really caught my eye. That phrase usually refers to someone who has been hanged or something left to die on it’s own. And so, perhaps, should the wind industry be abandoned.
Wind is touted as the source of “green energy” set to solve our global warming problem and generally save the planet. The Journal has some information to help us evaluate this idea. In order to set up a wind farm, you need land, and in the case of the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre projects involving about 1,000 turbines, it’s a lot. The Journal says “roughly
344 square miles,” but only 1,500 acres will actually be disturbed.
That’s not including the yet-to-be-built rail facility and the 59-mile road from there to the project, and 372 miles of roads inside the project. Also you need turbines, which need to be built and moved to the site, which is a job requiring many thousands of tons of carbon dioxide being emitted to produce and ship.
Next, where is the power going to? California. Just in the state of Wyoming about 1,000 miles of transmission lines have been planned. These will tie up many thousands of acres of land and require more roads. It is hard to figure the loss of power over these lines because of the many variables, but a rough guess is in the 2 percent to 5 percent per 100 miles. Added to that is the fact that since the wind doesn’t blow all the time, other power plants need to be online just waiting to be called on. All that time they will be producing carbon dioxide — the carbon dioxide the windmills are supposed to be saving.
So we tear up thousands of square miles of land, plant eyesores all over it, don’t save any carbon dioxide production all so California can “feel good.”
The beautiful sweep of the graceful blades whirling in the sunset.... ahhh.
Unless you happen to be a bird, or a bat, then it’s a killing zone. That’s OK though since the wind industry hasn’t had to pay for any dead birds. So we’re saving the planet, except for the birds.
The wind farm is for the birds.
So what to do? Since we have to have conventional generating units online why not build them closer to the users and save all the line losses, the thousands of miles of torn up country (leave it green), the birds, and the view? Bloom Boxes are a form of fuel cell currently in use in California, Utah and North Carolina. They are quite small and one the size of a large toaster would power your home. They run on natural gas or methane gas from a landfill. Or a Small Modular Nuclear reactors, like the one planned by the government in Tennessee this month? These can be near the point of use and save more carbon dioxide than wind mills, which produce about 25 percent of rated power and require these for backup anyway.
Stalick lives in Casper.Wyoming

Henderson snaps up stakes in Barclays and BP t

Veteran UK equity income fund manager James Henderson has moved up the market cap spectrum in his £70m Henderson Opportunities trust, buying up positions in Barclays and BP.

Henderson  typically hunts for value outside FTSE-100 names, said the market has mis-priced the merits of both stocks.Continue...[Investment Week]

 

BP Claims to Be Victim in New Orleans Oil Spill

British Petroleum was the real victim of the New Orleans oil spill, or at least that is what the company is claiming in thousands of legal letters and full page newspaper advertisements. The company, which is directly responsible for the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which is considered the largest marine oil spill and destroyed thousands of business along the coastline, is disputing claims made by those affected by the disaster in both public and private forums. Attorneys for the plaintiffs claim that the timing of the letters, which were sent to plaintiffs and warned that BP may seek to recover some of their funds from the multi-billion dollar settlement, say that the company is making an attempt to prevent people from claiming their fair share of the settlement.

The letter sent by BP warns lawyers representing many Gulf Coast businesses that the company may seek to recover some shares from the settlement if it successfully appeals a ruling made prior to when the settlement was agreed upon. BP claims that the court-supervised settlement program may have sent out excessive to payments to claimants and that the company will be attempting to retrieve those funds. “BP reserves whatever rights it may have to pursue any legal method to recover such overpayments,” reads the letter.
Continue...

Why Obama's Plan To Accelerate Permitting For Renewable Energy Is A Big Deal

President Obama is expected to make commitments for streamlining the permitting process for renewable energy projects on federal land during his talk at Georgetown University today.
In 2012, the President set a goal to issue permits for 10 gigawatts of renewables on public lands by the end of the year. The Department of the Interior achieved this goal ahead of schedule and the President has directed it to permit an additional 10 gigawatts by 2020. Since 2009, the Department of Interior has approved 25 utility-scale solar facilities, nine wind farms, and 11 geothermal plants . . . Also, the Department of Defense – the single largest consumer of energy in the United States – is committed to deploying 3 gigawatts of renewable energy on military installations, including solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal, by 2025. In addition, federal agencies are setting a new goal of reaching 100 megawatts of installed renewable capacity across the federally subsidized housing stock by 2020.

Federal permitting is a very, very big issue for utility-scale renewable energy projects, especially solar power projects sited West of the Mississippi River. The maps below illustrate why. Continue...[Forbs]

Wind energy firm files Chapter 7 as lawsuits pile up

 The disfavor of wind energy is spreading.
Faced with mounting lawsuits by customers, suppliers and Minnesota's attorney general, Excelsior-based Renewable Energy SD has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
The Star Tribune has details on the Friday filing, which lists $15.9 million in debts and $6.2 million in assets from Renewable Energy, which has been accused of selling farmers faulty wind turbines. Farmers complained that turbines were never delivered or, if they were, didn't work properly. 
Continue reading...[Minneapolis St.Paul Journal]

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

DO NOT WIPE OUT OUR HISTORY WITH WIND POWER

This letter concerning BP's Cape Vincent Wind Farm was posted to the Public Service Commissions website.
 June 24/2013

As a private citizen, resident of the Town of Lyme for 84 years, with over 30 members of my immediate family here in this lakeside community, working in agricultural and many other types of careers, I feel qualified to comment on our  environment and quality of life.      My overall thought process is two-fold.  Number one:  In studying the effects of these wind turbines,  I fear for the adverse effect upon:  farm animals, wildlife, birds, and even humans.  Facts bear out these concerns.   Secondly, and VERY important to our way of life, and yes, the INCOMES of everyone who lives here, and has ANY connection to our tourist industry..........installing these life-changing turbines WOULD HAVE MUCH MORE HARM TO THE FUTURE OF THIS AREA   that you can imagine at this time.     Do not discount the fact that we, here by the lake,  are connected just a few short miles from the ST. Lawrence River communities, whose lives are acutely dependent upon tourism, as we are.  DO NOT WIPE OUT OUR HISTORY with wind power.  The wealth of the wind companies  should not be a part of our future.     Brilliant people here in this state and country can come up with modern  energy answers that are much better than this.

  Chaumont, NY
    Thank you.

What to do with the world's unwanted wind turbine?

The research looked at the decommissioning of the machines, the restoration of wind farm sites and also how turbines, towers and the various components can be recycled.

Dealing with the massive devices when they are replaced by more efficient ones is expected to become an increasingly weighty issue.




The SNH-commissioned report quotes a forecast that by 2034 there will be a need to recycle about 225,000 tonnes of rotor blade material every year worldwide.
Several ways of recycling past-it machinery are mentioned in the report.

Ripping out disused wind farms ‘will harm environment’

Dismantling and removing onshore wind farm infrastructure at the end of its operational life could be more harmful to the environment than leaving it in place, according to a new report published today.

The study, commissioned by government agency Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), focuses on the benefits and drawbacks of restoring a site to its original state when a wind farm is decommissioned.

The report suggests that the removal of structures such as reinforced concrete turbine bases may have a more detrimental effect than leaving them in place. According to the report: “There is a relatively low environmental risk associated with reinforced concrete that is left in situ. “And the noise, ground disturbance and cost (excavation/breaking/processing/transporting), along with associated carbon emissions, may create a larger environmental impact than leaving in such concrete in situ.” Continue ...[The Scotsman.com]

In climate speech, Obama sets carbon limits on Keystone project

President Obama said Tuesday that the controversial Keystone XL pipeline should only be approved if the project would not “significantly exacerbate” greenhouse gas pollution.
“Allowing the Keystone Pipeline to be built requires a finding that doing so would be in our national interest,” Obama said during a speech at Georgetown University on his climate change plans.

The president's plan also includes an expanded Interior Department commitment to development renewable energy on federal lands.

 

Read more:  
 E2 Wire

Take a hard look at wind-farm windfalls

  I can’t help but be amused at periodic news stories of some Northern New York town representatives gushing about a proposed wind energy deal. As they regurgitate the sales pitch they’ve been fed, it’s clear that the developer has succeeded in appealing to the second oldest human frailty: greed. “We will be getting $10 million over 10 years” is a frequent rationale. Their tactic is clear, since they have been easily duped by the allure of money, they believe that most of their constituents should be likewise susceptible.
How many of our legislators convey the true picture to citizens? Haven’t they ever heard that there’s no free lunch? Yes, they have been offered a financial deal, but the rest of the story includes numerous other aspects like:
Continue...[Watertown Times]

Indiana gives BP a pass on mercury

After a 2007 Tribune investigation, BP pledged to tackle its Whiting refinery's toxic discharges into Lake Michigan. Today, state regulators allow the pollution to persist.


June 23, 2013|By Michael HawthorneChicago Tribune reporter
Faced with public outrage and congressional pressure, the oil company BP vowed six years ago to develop cutting-edge technology that could sharply reduce toxic mercury discharged into Lake Michigan by its massive refinery about 20 miles southeast of downtown Chicago.
BP enlisted scientists at Argonne National Laboratory and the Purdue-Calumet Water Institute to come up with methods that company officials said could set a model for factories and sewage treatment plants throughout the Great Lakes region. But despite promising results from two options tested, a new draft permit from Indiana regulators allows BP to avoid installing the mercury-filtering equipment at the Whiting refinery.

LACK OF INFORMATION ON HEALTH COULD BE THE WAY OUT OF WIND LEASES

An environmental lawyer says there is hope for landowners who want out of wind turbine leases.  

Eric Gillespie, who currently is working for Plympton Wyoming in its court battle with Suncor Energy over wind turbine bylaws, gets “dozens” of calls from landowners who signed leases long before anyone realized the potential problems associated with the industrial turbines. Gillespie, who was slated to speak at a meeting organized by Conservation Of Rural Enniskillen Saturday, says some of those landowners are successfully getting out of what many people had believed are ironclad leases.

  “We’re aware of at least three situations where it appears we have been successful,” says Gillespie.

“One of the elements that factually they all have in common is the apparent lack of information provided by the wind company at the time the agreement was signed,” he says. “Quite consistently there appears to be a lack of disclosure around potential health issues.Continue reading via this link
[Sarnia - Lambton Independant]

Monday, June 24, 2013

The renewable energy rollback that wasn't

For renewable energy supporters, this was supposed to be a year of statehouse setbacks.


by Jim Malewitz, Pew/Stateline Staff Writer

"States Cooling to Renewable Energy" read the headline of a MarchWall Street Journal story reporting that more than a dozen legislatures were weighing proposals to roll back or abolish mandates that utilities purchase a certain amount of renewable energy. Mandates are in place in 29 states and Washington, D.C.

 Opponents of the renewable energy requirements, which are credited with spurring wind and solar investment across much of the country, said the policies violate free-market principles and ramp up electricity costs. After the 2012 elections installed large Republican majorities in a number of states, the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) joined ranks with prominent libertarian groups in a nationwide anti-mandate blitz. Wind and solar advocates feared the worst.
[Coloradoan.com]

Iberdrola Renewables, LLC Abandons Ellis County Project

In 2008, Ellis County Commissioners approved a conditional-use permit allowing Iberdrola Renewables, LLC to proceed with a Hays wind project.
In a registered letter delivered to many residents in the area today, Iberdrola Renewables, LLC said, “A variety of circumstances have led the company to the conclusion that it cannot move forward with developing the wind resources on the Property. As such, pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Iberdrola Renewables, LS is terminating the Agreement effective July 20, 2013. Iberdrola Renewables, LLS will execute the record and memorandum evidencing the release of any rights and interest in the property. Also, pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, should a meteorological tower be currently located on your property, it shall be removed as soon as practicable. We appreciate your prior commitments and confidence in Iberdrola Renewables, LLC and thank you for your interest in renewable energy development. “[Hays Post]

Power failure

During the first half of this year, National Grid has become an obstacle to finding ways of solving two overarching community needs in Jefferson County — housing and jobs.
Tuesday’s Times reported that the Woods Farm in the town of Cape Vincent has been unable to use its $1.5 million investment in a high-technology milking parlor because National Grid had yet to connect three-phase power from its circuits a mere 175 feet away from the new facility. The delay costs the farm $2,000 a day. The power was originally anticipated in May, but now the Woods have to wait until July for National Grid to finish its work.[Watertown Times]

Sunday, June 23, 2013

BAD AXE ~ Wind leaseholders frustrated

BAD AXE — County Commissioners discussed the frustrations of several wind leaseholders during this week’s meeting.
 Commissioner Jeremy Tietz said the leaseholders had come to him and asked if there was anything the board could do in the face of disagreement between them and Next Era Energy over turbine placement.
 “The farmers are looking to us right now. ... Is there legally anything this board can do to help them in this process?” Tietz asked.
 He said the farm owners were not able to speak out themselves, due to gag orders in their contracts.
 County Attorney Stephen Allen said there was nothing the county could do.
 “They entered into a contract, and our ordinance prohibits us as a governmental entity from making a decision based on the zoning ordinance to resolve a private dispute, one way or the other,” Allen said.
Commissioner Steve Vaughan said many leaseholders negotiated their own contracts. Continue reading via this link to the...
[Huron Daily Tribune]

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Visual Simulation of Proposed decommissioning plan for BP's Cape Vincent Wind Farm

"The Town of Cape Vincent considers decommissioning one of the most intractable problems associated with BP's industrial wind development.  The Town has found an alternative plan that makes use of surplus military drones and ordinance left over from the Iraqi War that has made the decommissioning plan for Cape Vincent much more manageable and cost effective.  
The accompanying visual simulation of a decommissioning strike was provided 
by Satanic ~ Pyro ~ Techniques




Friday, June 21, 2013

Don't Pave Paradise

and

Put up a Wind Complex

Photo credit: Rollin Hanson 

Photo credit: Rollin Hanson 


~~~
At the  Article 10 forum held at Jefferson Community College  Thursday March 8, 2012
Charles Ebbing, a retired acoustic engineer with Carrier Corporation made comments about wind turbines.
Normally, when Mr. Ebbing speaks about wind turbines his focus is the low-frequency noise emitted by wind turbines.
However, at this forum Mr. Ebbing chose another topic.
This is what he had to say.
~~~
This morning I went into Google and searched for the top ten natural wonders in New York State.

Of the top ten most were adjacent or near water

1. Niagara Falls
2. Lake George
3. The Catskill and Shawagunk Mountains
4. Finger Lakes
5. Adirondack Mountains
6. Thousand Islands
7. Montauk Point on Long Island
8. Hudson River
9. Chimney Bluffs on Lake Ontario
10. The Grand Canyon of the East in Letchworth State Park
~~~
All of the ten areas consist of fantastic waterfalls, mountains, beaches, lakes and rivers that offer this,vistas fantastic views tremendous recreational activities.
If I say this another way, all top ten areas of New York have fantastic view sheds.

"A view shed is an area of land, water that is visible to the human eye from a fixed vantage point".

It seems, incredible to me that industrial wind could even be considered inside the view sheds of the Finger Lakes and thousand islands region.

"My question to you is; what protection of article 10, provide for these 10 natural wonders of New York State." The areas near New York City of Montauk point, and the Hudson River, all have the status of New York State "scenic areas of statewide significance"
~~~~~~~
Concerning "Viewshed", Assemblyman Kevin A. Cahill, D-Kingston,one of the speakers addressing the public at the Article 10 forum ,said that the protection of viewshed will be taken into consideration.
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Town of Cape Vincent Town Board meeting 6/20/2013 Privilege of the floor Videos

Environmental and Economic Consequences of Ontario’s Green Energy Act

 June 19, 2013 
by Andrew Vowles in University of Guelph

State panel denies DANC’s request for Cape Vincent wind money again

Thursday, June 20, 2013

ATTENTION!!

Residents of Clayton , Orleans,Lyme & Brownville

Plans Are Underway to Change Your Landscape Forever
This add was published in this weeks edition of the Thousand Islands Sun~ 
read it and weep

DANC Not Eligible For Wind Project Funds, PSC Says

The state Public Service Commission has ruled the Development Authority of the North Country (DANC) is not eligible for funds that would allow it to hire a lawyer to represent its interests in a Cape Vincent wind power project.
DANC had requested $10,000 that would help it determine how the project would affect the water pipeline it maintains in Cape Vincent.[WNYF]

7th-circuit-affirms-fercs-decision-on-multivalue-projects-relying-heavily-on-policy-of-promoting-wind-development

On June 7th, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued an opinion in Illinois Commerce Commission, et al., v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, affirming the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO) Multi-Value Project (MVP) tariff for financing new high-voltage power lines that largely serve remote wind farms.[Renewable+Law]

Link to court document(opinion) here

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

GOP Bill Cuts Renewable Energy Spending in Half

From The Hill
By Erik Wasson and Ben Geman
House appropriators revealed Monday that they plan to cut Energy Department spending on renewable energy in half next year as part of their plan to cope with automatic sequestration cuts in fiscal 2014.
Renewable energy, a key priority of President Obama, would be cut to $1 billion, a reduction of $911 million compared to 2013
- See more at: [Energy Tribune]

Decision on Keystone XL pipeline: Reason should prevail over emotion

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013
The most contentious, bilateral issue between Canada and the U.S. is the pending, presidential decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, intended to ship oil from Alberta to U.S. refineries in Texas. Because the shipments would cross the (Canada–U.S.) border, the pipeline requires a presidential permit acknowledging that it would be in “the national interest”. The process for that determination is now in its fifth year of intensive scrutiny and there is a risk that further delays could undermine the fundamental economics of the project. (The first two “legs” of the pipeline, both running exclusively through the U.S., were approved in less than two years.) [Watertown Times]

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Cape Vincent wind Education part II.


 Cape Vincent wind Education part II.


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Cape Vincent ~

Oct. 12, 2005, a couple of weeks before PB Chairman Edsall signed his wind lease with British Petroleum he wrote a letter to his wife informing her that permission had been granted for a MET tower on her parents’ Burnt Rock Road property and that a permit was not required. This maneuver may have been designed to keep the existence of the MET tower away from the scrutiny of the public.[1]

Planning Board minutes and supporting correspondence indicate that in 2002, Acciona was required to get a permit however, the community was unaware at that time of the planned projects and it was easy to keep the wind test tower permits under the radar.[2]

During the fall of 2005, through March 2006, a series of clandestine meetings took place in the office of the town supervisor to construct a wind law that would best serve the interests of leaseholders and conflicted officials. This effort was orchestrated by PB Chairman Edsall and attended by conflicted TB, and PB members and lease holding citizens as well as a representative from Jefferson County Planning Department, Michael Bourcy. The regulations they designed were tailored exclusively to suit their best interests, and those of the developers. (Oct. 28, 2005, Marty Mason signed his second lease with Acciona.)[3]

In early 2006, the secretive wind campaign began to emerge and it became open to public scrutiny. Initially the big point of contention was the setbacks, the distance between the wind turbines and riverfront properties.
As the setback, issue heated up Edsall began to make statements that reflect his ambitions: "If we don't pass a law one way or another, they're still coming. People have already signed contracts." As the public involvement and discontent grew Edsall attempted to gain control over the turbine setbacks making the statement, “I arbitrarily make a recommendation to go back to the River Front and Lake Front zones as setbacks.” Citizens in the community wanted a protective setback of 2 miles and Edsall openly responded by saying, "Two miles would wipe out both projects.[4],[5]

" In response to Edsalls zoning amendment process, Jefferson County Planner Mike Bourcy expressed his concerns in a fax dated April 7, 2006, writing, “Anytime an amendment to a zoning law is proposed it must be in compliance with a comprehensive plan. Article 2, of the proposed amendment, states that the purpose of the amendment is to mitigate potential negative impacts on the Seaway Trail, St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario."
“I have not heard anyone on the Committee talk specifically that these impacts are mitigated by the proposed setbacks. The discussion has always been who will or will not benefit depending on which setback is used."
“I also wanted to point out that you want to be careful saying that an issue will be taken care of during site plan review. If a requirement is not in the Zoning Law, then the planning Board must have a good basis for requiring it.” “The Town should not depend on Department of Environmental Conservation requiring a setback from the shore in the area of the AR. (Agricultural Residential) district by the lake. Cape Vincent's comprehensive plan , clearly defines its goals of discouraging commercial development i.e. utilities where the impact would have a negative impact on scenic vistas and tourism assets." [6]

Edsall sat on the committee that constructed the comprehensive plan and because he was well aware of the interest in Cape Vincent for wind development, it is doubtful that he ever intended to follow it. As seen by his actions, after signing a wind lease in September2005, he completely ignored the comprehensive plan. [7] , [8]

Edsall also ignored Bourcey’s concerns as he took his agenda to the April 12, 2006, PB meeting where he petitioned to be included on the PB agenda. Edsall actually got up from his chairman’s seat, moved into the audience, and sat down to make the recommendation to permit turbine development in the town's AR. zone, with no setback stipulation, and to ban development in the riverfront and lakefront district . Edsall said that he was not making this recommendation as the PB chairman but as a private citizen and representative of a community group that meets monthly to discuss wind turbine issues. Edsall also said that he saw no conflict of interest in his participation at the monthly stakeholder meetings (i.e., the fall 2005 through spring 2006 clandestine meetings), because the sessions were not planning board meetings. At this same time, there were reports that Edsall had Voters for Wind sign in his yard for over a year. Both the wind developers and Voters for Wind require the signing of a loyalty and assistance clauses for leaseholders.[9],[10]

As community pressure continued to mount over conflicts of interest, town attorney Mark Gebo advised both boards to request an opinion from the Jefferson County ethics board. Marty Mason and Joe Wood were the only officials to petition the county and received notice of that opinion by May 12, 2006. The Jefferson County Board of Ethics advised Marty Mason and Joe Wood to recuse themselves from any votes or discussions of wind development issues. Edsall did not petition for a formal opinion, but at the April 12, 2006, PB meeting he promised to recuse himself from votes that related to his property. However, because of the shared transmission line between Acciona and British Petroleum Edsall is conflicted with both companies.[11]

May 11, 2006, brought a compromise when Joe Wood and Marty Mason recused themselves and the remaining board members Reinbeck, Schneider, and Orvis proposed a boundary that would restrict the first turbine from being any closer than 2,600 feet from 12E. Incidentally, Orvis, Darrel Aubertine’s cousin, was elected to Town Board in 1999, and over the years has consistently sided and voted with other conflicted town council members.[12]

Link here to read Wind Education Part I

Sources:

[1] Edsall letter to Mrs. Edsall (no permit required)

[2] Correspondence between PBC , Edsall & NYW, Re: met tower permits

[3] Acciona conflict disclosures

[4] WDT article ,Edsall quotes 3/26/2006

[5] WDT article Edsall quotes 4/6/2006

[6] Letter from County Planning / M. Bourcy Re: concerns that wind zoning law must be in accordance with the Town’s Comp Plan.

[7] Cape Vincent's Comp Plan

[8] Bp conflict disclosures

[9] WDT article Edsall quotes 4/13/2006

[10]Acciona & BP ~ Wind lease loyalty clauses.

[11] WDT article Re: conflict opinion 4/14/2006

[12] WDT article Re: setback compromise

Fairhaven sends written order to turn turbines off overnight ~ Developer to seek compensation.

Fairhaven Wind developer Gordon Deane announced his intention Monday to recover from the town the lost profits of the two turbines the Fairhaven Board of Health ordered shut down overnight.
His announcement was in reaction to news earlier Monday that the Board of Health had issued a written order to shut down the turbines at night.[South Coast Today]

Voter ID laws unlikely to change in New York state, according to Board of Elections officials

In the midst of a nationwide debate over voter identification laws, Jefferson County Board of Elections officials say they expect very little to change in the way the county verifies voter identity at the polls.
“I don’t really see anything coming down the lines in terms of changes to voter ID,” Republican Election Commissioner Jerry O. Eaton said. “In the five years since I’ve been here, we’ve never had any allegations of voter fraud.”[Watertown Times]

The U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Arizona voter ID law.Sending a clear message to to all states and municipalities

 Ina 7-2 vote The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Arizona voter IDlaw.
This decision concerned an Arizona case but it sends a clear message that what Donny Mason, Marty Mason, Harold Wiley and Gary King tried to do by instituting a voter ID law in Cape Vincent was unconstitutional. 
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Cape Vincent, NY
In Anticipation of Seasonal voters having a voice in the November 2011, election Several longtime Cape Vincent residents who are proponents of BP’s wind farm development in our community initiated a movement in Cape Vincent to stop what they considered voter fraud . They formed an organization called Citizens for Fair Government(CFG).

 CFG's stated objective is to ensure that the rights of the citizens of Cape Vincent are protected. Apparently they attempted to do this by stepping on the constitutional rights of the seasonal residents of Cape Vincent.
 
It began in August of 2011 when Harold Wiley Presented a petition to the Town of Cape Vincent Town Board asking the board to take action to prevent what Wiley called voter fraud.

 Harold Wiley’s  petition was cited by Councilman Donald Mason as the basis for a resolution that Donald Mason had prepared in advance of the Town Board meeting.

The resolution required that before voting in person in a Town of Cape Vincent election , voters must first show a current New York State drivers license with a Cape Vincent address to prove residency.  The resolution  passed in a three to two vote, Councilmen Donald, Mason, Marty Mason and Mickey Orvis voted in favor with Supervisor Hirschey and Councilmen Bragdon voting against the resolution.    

  After this resolution was voted into law the New York  State Attorney General was in Watertown and was asked about this law by a Watertown Times reporter. The AG   stated that it was unconstitutional.      

Subsequently, a special TB meeting was convened where Supervisor Hirschey proposed a resolution to rescind the unconstitutional voter fraud law.
A vote was taken.
The resolution to rescind  the illegal voter fraud law passed Marty Mason and Donald Mason voted against recinding the illegal voter fraud law and consequently were not reelected to serve on the Town Board.

 We are headed into another election season and it is vital that the residents of Cape Vincent understand how important this upcoming election is.


To read documents from Court case outlining the mission of Citizens for Fair Government link here ~ King v Hludzenski

Link to Gary King  member of CFG Affidavit 



Siemens pulls plug on last solar energy business

MUNICH (Reuters) - German industrial conglomerate Siemens is shutting down the last of its solar energy businesses after it failed to find a buyer, the company said on Monday.
[The Courant]