BP's Tatics in Cape Vincent Ny

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Three Years ago today September 1, 2010

AG launches an investigation into Cape Vincent wind dealings

 Three years ago today this story by Carol Thompson, staff reporter for the Valley News online was a hot topic in Cape Vincent

1 September 2010

The state Attorney General’s office has launched an investigation into possible misconduct by Cape Vincent officials for wind turbine farms proposed by Acciona Energia and British Petroleum.
In an Aug, 13 letter, the state ordered all documents from the town council and planning board related to wind development be turned over.
Two out of five town board members and three out of five planning board members either personally have agreements to lease their land to wind developers or have relatives with wind leases.
One current state senator is also reported to have a contract with a wind developer.
The Watertown Times recently reported that, “State Sen. Darrel Aubertine receives more than a $1,000 annually from a Cape Vincent wind developer even though his spokesman said there are no plans to build a turbine on his property.”
As reported in the Feb. 23, 2008 issue of The Valley News, Aubertine’s disclosure statement, filed May 15, 2007 with the state Legislative Ethics Commission, does not list any interests or contracts with any wind-power companies.
His disclosure statements show he and his wife Margaret own a total of just more than 600 acres of land.
His most recent filing does show income from a St. Lawrence County wind farm.
Oswego County officials have been closely observing all that is happening with wind farms in the north country, as one proposed project would site the high-powered transmission lines somewhere within the county boundaries.
One proposed route for the Galloo Island project would bring the lines through the Village of Pulaski, a plan that county lawmakers oppose because the county coffer relies on the fishing industry that could be substantially impacted.
The original path of the line was to run from Henderson to Ellisburg, Sandy Creek and Pulaski to a National Grid line in Mexico.
A change in the route had the lines running into Hounsfield and along Route 12F to an electric substation on Outer Coffeen Street in Watertown.
The most recent proposal is actually four proposals and public meetings are scheduled for each potentially impacted municipality.
The prospect of wind farms has sharply divided communities and opponents of the two proposed wind farms at Cape Vincent reportedly brought the investigation to fruition. The opponents complained that the process was tainted by conflicts of interest on the town board and planning board.
There is civil unrest in Cape Vincent,” Legislator Shawn Doyle said. “When you have over 200 people going to a meeting within a town divided, something’s going to break.”
Doyle and former U.S. Ambassador and State Senator H. Douglas Barclay represent the county in wind matters. Doyle has attended dozens of meetings in the past two years in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties.
Aubertine spokesperson Drew Mangione said last week that the senator cannot comment on the current investigation.
It is not known when the investigation will conclude.

Morning Visitors

Checking in on BP's Dysfunctional Development Process



A Map of Morning Visitors

Friday, August 30, 2013

Wind Welfare

$2.5 million to be refunded from subsidies for failed Nordex wind turbine plant in Jonesboro.


The state of Arkansas will be repaid $2.5 million in subsidies that went to help Nordex USA start a wind turbine manufacturing plant in Jonesboro. 

BP continues to challenge Gulf spill settlement

NEW ORLEANS — BP is trying to persuade a federal appeals court that it should throw out a judge's approval of the company's multibillion-dollar settlement related to the Gulf oil spill if a separate appeal is unsuccessful.
Continue... Deseret News

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wind energy fraud cases in the news

Malouff found guilty in wind energy fraud case

A Travis County jury took a little more than six hours Wednesday before finding Charles Malouff guilty of falsifying documents to obtain $1.8 million in federal stimulus funds for a Jonestown wind energy operation. Continue...Statesman.com

SLC man gets 12 years in prison for wind fraud case that involved Morgan woman

CASPER, Wyo. -- A Utah man who defrauded investors nationwide of more than $4.4 million by promoting investment in nonexistent wind farms in Wyoming and South Dakota must serve more than 12 years in prison, a federal judge ordered Tuesday.Continue...Standard Examiner

Wind turbine developer sued for alleged fraud

Marv and Marlys Jensen just wanted to supplement their income with a little energy-and-money-producing wind turbine on their farm in rural Kensington, Minn.
But they ended up taking out loans to pay more than $245,000 to an Excelsior-based company called Renewable Energy SD for a 160-foot wind tower that currently produces nothing.
Continue... Twin cities.com

Cape Vincent resident ponders run against Owens

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2013
CAPE VINCENT — Allen D. Dingman is considering doing something he’s never done before — run for Congress.
The 59-year-old Carthage area native and former village of Deferiet resident said he is giving the idea serious thought given the 21st Congressional District seat currently held by Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, will be on the ballot next year. Continue... Watertown Times

People of Cape Vincent have had enough

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2013
If you’ve been wondering who has “had enough yet” in Cape Vincent, just ask around. How about the residents on Burnt Rock Road who have been hearing for years about studies to be done and research completed on a water district for their street?
Meanwhile, motions were passed, studies conducted, contracts issued for surveys, only to then be determined it was all done improperly, therefore more studies, motions repassed and more surveys conducted on a water district for Tibbits Point Road. In the past two years, tens of thousands of dollars were spent in an effort to get water to three town board members’ properties. Sorry, residents on Burnt Rock Road, no member of the board lives on your street so don’t expect water in the near future. Had enough yet? 
Continue... Watertown Times

Republicans have made government better

There are signs around town asking have you had enough yet. We had enough of the backroom deals, conflicts of interest and waterlines to nowhere.
We’ve had enough of scandals at the transfer station, the candidate they supported who stole $30,000. We had enough of the board passing resolutions to limit people’s right to vote, slush funds and not wanting an audit. We’ve had enough. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

My house dropped £100,000 in value because of wind farm

August 24, 2013 by Tamara Cohen in The Daily Mail

Piedmont City Council approves lawsuit against wind companies

The Piedmont City Council voted Monday night to take "legal action" against developers trying to build a windfarm near the fast-growing city in Canadian County, the latest development in a fight that has already resulted in the ouster of one elected official.
PIEDMONT — A planned wind farm between Piedmont and Okarche could be up in the air after the Piedmont City Council voted to support legal action against the developers of the project and declared the wind farm a public nuisance.
The actions, which came at a city council meeting Monday evening, were aimed at the Kingfisher wind farm, a 300-megawatt development in northern Canadian County and southern Kingfisher County. The project is being developed by Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy Inc.

‘They reneged on their promises'; Wind developers file more than 100 tax appeals in county

BAD AXE — Local wind energy developers have filed nearly 100 appeals to the Michigan Tax Tribunal in efforts to pay what the state — not what local governments — claim is the appropriate taxes for wind farms.
And local officials are anything but happy.
“The fact that all these developers went to the tax tribunal to fight the taxes that assessors put on them indicates that they reneged on their promises,” Huron County Commissioner Ron Wruble told the Tribune. “And those are promises they made to the people of Huron County.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Oil Exec Charged in Duck Deaths


Drill sites contain waste pools next to them, and sometimes, birds land in them and drown. Oilman Bud Brigham, head of Brigham Resources, found out a federal prosecutor was on the lookout for such incidents.

A Justice Department appointee apparently chartered a helicopter to go search for this,


Those in the helicopter found 28 dead birds in the waste pools of seven oil and gas companies, and the prosecutor used the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act to charge the companies with criminally killing the 28 birds.


Some have questioned why the government would go after these oilmen and not their fellow energy producers in the wind industry, where turbines kill up to 
250,000 birds a year.Continue... CBN News




 Aerial View of Wolfe Island
Nature Canada reported that the Wolfe Island wind complex turbine kill rate for birds and bats is seven times the industry average in Canada primarily because it is located in the wrong spot. 

Wolfe Island is an internationally recognized "important bird area," or IBA, for raptors - birds of prey such as owls and hawks that hunt for small mammals to eat. 
“Shockingly high” numbers of bird and bat deaths caused by one of Canada’s biggest wind farms should serve as a warning to planners of other projects that may be built in crucial wildlife zones, one of the country’s key conservation groups says.
The Globe And Mail] Via [Junk Science]


Monday, August 26, 2013

BP's Outreach “It’s all - it's all about the messenger, right.”

 Recently, I received copy of the latest Cape Vincent Wind Farm news letter . It came in an envelope with a return address of Trieste Associates Inc.

Marion Trieste President of Trieste Associates works for top tier industrial wind companies such as BP and typically she is brought in to industrial wind targeted communities where the proposed development has become controversial.  Trieste has a formula she calls “Grassroots organization”
 In a Webinair promoted by the Department of Energy Titled Community Acceptance of Wind , Marion describes her "Grassroots" formula for making a project work for the developer.

    Trieste tells developers
We really have to invest in the public”. “You’re only going to increase your odds of success if you're investing in our host communities.”

In 2008 British Petroleum hired Trieste to do "outreach work” and this is when and why she established Voters for Wind (VFW).

Trieste talks about her favorite group Voters for Wind, saying,
They actually established themselves two years ago.
 “And I worked with them with a BP wind power project here.” “BP was - is the developer that I'm - I've been working with here.”
It’s all - it's all about the messenger, right.”
 These groups work well because the developer may be seen as having other goals in mind such as profit.

Trieste Creates a pro - wind coalition or network by holding small private gatherings with landowners, that are not open to the public, arming landowners with generic information about the development process, crafted to debunk the myths about Property values. Birds, Sound etc.
At these gatherings they formulate their mission to go out and "educate" people and encourage them to show their support for the proposed wind development.

They promote the notion that they have altruistic motives in their desire to push a developers project and not because they are gaining financially from it;

It just warms my heart to watch what's - what evolves with connecting people to each other in a community.”

Trieste tells the developers, to distance themselves, so they don’t taint the process, people may think they are being used by the wind developers.

At GEOS we call ourselves like a little buffer between the wind farm developer who's our client and those on the ground who are basically those most impacted in the local communities.”
So we can do a lot more good out there if we are seen as independent and are and acting as independent individual grassroots organizations.”

Additionally Trieste stressed the importance of the economics of wind. 
Money is a method used to promote the project as well. “Money talks” this is where the host benefit packages come into play as she characterized our area as little Appalachia.

Trieste used the webinar as an opportunity to engage in exploitation of community division describing the typical industrial wind opponents, as wealthy short term summer residents, retired Wall Street attorney types from New Jersey and New York City that do not care about the community, jobs or taxes. 
They just care about their view-shed”

In contrast to the characterization of the Anti- wind Trieste describes the pro wind, as the downtrodden silent majority, farmers struggling to survive .  People who are invested in the community and have been invested in the land for generations and now their grand kids are never going to be able to live here because 

there’s nothing for them . They get it.”

Additionally, Trieste would like to educate our children about industrial wind as well.

I can't emphasize enough that we need to be more and more in our schools. to get young people involved, Let's go and let's shame the older generation into doing this.”


Link here to the US DEPARTMENT of ENERGY website and Trieste's ~ transcript & webcast

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Remember to Vote 10 September 2013 Republican Primary 


I am writing to request your vote for Town Council in the forthcoming Republican Primary election . I have been privleged to serve the community as a town Board member since January 1, 2010. I maintain that I have served ethically and compentently . I believe that there is much to do in the community and I am seeking a second 4 year  term. I am a lifelong resident of Cape Vincent and have a deep love for the esthetics of nature and the history of Cape Vincent . My family roots go back to my great-grandfather Elon R. Brown who was NYS Senator from this area and a leader of the Senate in Albany. If reelected I shall seek to promote the scenic and historic preservation assets of the communityy . I have a real estate company known as Johnston Development Corp and I shall continue through it contribute to the taxable assessment base of Town . I am currently a NYS liscensed real estate agent with Hefferon Real Estate. I graduated in 1968 with a degree with honors in the History of Art from Williams College. I feel that I understand the Town's finances and I have reported monthly at Board meetings on the balances in the Town's accounts. I shall continue to support the development of the Cape Vincent economy and look forward to the Town building on the establishment of Metal Craft Marine. I have made sincere efforts to see that wind turbine development is done right , with propper checks and balances and within the directions of the Cape Vincent Zoning Law,and I shall continue to do so. I sincerely request your vote on 10 September 2013, and promis if elected to serve the common good of the community as best as I understand it.


Please vote for Brooks Bragdon            Town Council                          Republican Party

Vote on Primary day,Tuesday September 10th for:

Urban Hirschey- Supervisor

Brooks Bragdon and Michelle Oswald

Town Council


Friday, August 23, 2013

BP's proposed Cape Vincent wind project has the potential to adversly impact ...

  Britain ~ An official Government report into renewable energy will reveal for the first time how wind farms affect rural house prices.
Consultants have been brought in by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson to look at whether renewable technologies drive down property values. Continue...Orange News

Chances are, buying a home is the biggest purchase we'll ever make.

 BP's proposed  Cape Vincent wind project has the potential to adversely impact property values in our community.

As a result, the Town of Cape Vincent and WPEG applied for and were allocated 15,940,  by the Public Service Commission , to retain the services of  Michael S. McCann, a real estate appraiser. 
McCann will assist with land use and property value issues for the Article 10 process.


 Michael McCann , evaluated  Cape Vincent's economic report in 2011. 
After completing his review  of the subject location,   McCann reported that it was clear that numerous homes in the Cape Vincent area will be adversely impacted, and the best available evidence indicates that value loss of 25% to 40% or more will occur to homes within approximately 2 miles of the turbines. This impact is not expected to be uniform, and some losses may well be lower and others higher.
 Below is a transcript of a summary report of McCann's  evaluation of Cape Vincent's 2011, Economic Impact Report.

McCann Appraisal, LLC
June 20, 2011
Wind Turbine Economic Impact Committee (Committee) Town of Cape Vincent, New York
Re: Review of Cape Vincent Wind Turbine
Economic Impact – Final Report October 7, 2010 (EIR)

Dear Committee Members:
As requested, I am submitting this real estate review of the EIR undertaken by the appointed Cape Vincent Wind Turbine Economic Impact Committee (Committee), for consideration and use by Town planning and zoning officials in addressing the compliance of the proposed wind energy projects in the Cape Vincent area with typical zoning and land use requirements that must be met for approval of the Project(s).

As this review is focused on the Committee’s EIR, McCann Appraisal, LLC (McCann) has not made specific reference to the applicable codes, ordinances or regulations. However, my review recognizes that special permits or special use zoning approval for a variety of land uses, including large-scale wind energy turbine projects, require that the proposed use will not have an adverse effect on the market value, use, enjoyment or development potential of other property in the neighborhood or surrounding area.

Also applicable from a real estate, land use and zoning perspective is my review of the Hessler Associates, Inc. Noise Impact Assessment report issued April 13, 2010. (HAI report). The McCann review of the HAI report is not undertaken as a technical acoustic engineering evaluation but, rather, to the extent that it overlaps with real estate issues. More specifically, the question from a real estate perspective is whether or not the HAI noise study demonstrates that the quality of life, peaceful use and enjoyment, aesthetics and overall marketability of residential and related property will be adversely impacted as a result of the wind project(s).

Professional Opinions My professional opinions are effective as of the current date. My review of the Cape Vincent EIR and this Consulting Report have been prepared and submitted pursuant to applicable licensing laws that mandate compliance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), and my opinions are certified accordingly.

Briefly stated, based upon my review of the Committee EIR, as well as the location of the proposed facilities, the density, height, type and intensity of the proposed utility scale turbines, along with my independent and ongoing research of real estate and property value impacts near turbines. The EIR is correct in identifying significant value loss potential as a result of the two wind turbine projects proposed , or as a single project. While estimates were made in the EIR based upon 1,000 to 3,000 foot setbacks, there are numerous examples of value losses at even greater distances; some in excess of three miles.


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McCann Intervenor Fund Request   

Guest Voice: Don't believe claims about wind power

BY MARY KAY BARTON 
Contributing writer

Matt Walker made many claims about problems caused by fracking and the benefits he believes are inherent with "renewables," in his Aug. 12 Guest Voice column, "Erie should focus on clean energy."

While it is true that there are problems that come along with the development of any energy source, wind is no exception. And while it may come as a surprise to those in the alarmist camps, the fact is that there is a direct correlation between improved health and longevity in the United States, and the availability of reliable, affordable power here (ie: coal, natural gas, nuclear and hydro).

Let's consider the results to date of the billions of dollars that taxpayers and ratepayers have been forced to fork over to the wind power sector that Walker favors. Continue... GoErie

Link here to read the above referenced letter by Matt Walker

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Decline of renewables

Many today believe that renewable energy will let us get off fossil fuels soon. Unfortunately, the facts say otherwise. According to International Energy Agency data, 13.12 percent of the world’s energy came from renewables in 1971, the first year that the IEA reported global statistics.

 In 2011, renewables’ share was actually lower, at 12.99 percent. Yet a new survey shows that Americans believe that the share of renewables in 2035 will be 30.2 percent. In reality, it will likely be 14.5 percent.

 Continue...[Republica]

13 candidates file independent nominating petitions with Jefferson County Board of Elections

 This morning the Watertown Times is reporting that thirteen candidates have filed independent nominating petitions with the Jefferson County Board of Elections for local races this fall. There was one petition filed by a local candidate.

■ Dennis W. Pearson for town of Cape Vincent council.

Aerial footage of St. Lawrence-Thousand Island reaches the web

HAMMOND – While the final cut has not yet been released, residents can catch a preview of a video that will be used to promote the St. Lawrence-Thousand Island region on the Internet.
A 3 1/2 minute teaser video on the video sharing website YouTube features candid portraits into summer life on the St. Lawrence River.
But the video is not without its criticisms.  Continue reading....

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wind farms study will be published

A study examining the impact of wind farms on the countryside will be published, the Environment Secretary has pledged.
Owen Paterson said that work is ongoing on an official study that officials at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have attempted to block.
Coalition sources have said that officials in the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) – run by Ed Davey, a Liberal Democrat – have attempted to stop the report being written over fears that it could provide confirmation that turbines can harm rural areas.
Mr Paterson has made clear that he intends to make the document public as soon as it is ready. Continue... The Telegraph

State impliments a registration process for STAR exemptions.

 The state Department of Taxation and Finance is implementing a new registration process requiring homeowners currently receiving Star property tax exemptions to register with the state was instituted to eliminate fraudulent duplicate registrations.

Senior citizens receiving enhanced star exemptions will not be affected by this change. That program already requires annual registration. Continue...

This new state registration process should ease the minds of a local organization Citizens for fair Government (CFG).
The CFG has also been involved in preventing "fraudulent star exemptions." They have undertaken numerous measures to safeguard the civil liberties and interests of year-round residents of the Town of Cape Vincent.
 One example of this took place August of 2011 when a member of the CFG Presented a petition to the Town of Cape Vincent Town Board asking the board to take action to prevent what they called voter fraud. Subsequently the Town Board passed an illegal law requiring selective voter Identification.


Link here  To read about the efforts of the CFG






DANC, Cape Vincent town officials upset with BP Wind

CAPE VINCENT — BP Wind Energy and stakeholders of the developer’s proposed Cape Vincent Wind Project — the town government and the Development Authority of the North Country — again are at odds over the definition of a “meaningful dialogue.”
In a recent letter to BP, the attorney for DANC urged the wind developer to provide additional information to the development authority’s engineers — a request made four months ago.
Continue... Watertown Times

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Turbine goes up in flames

Black smoke was highly visible between Trent and Sweetwater Monday as a wind turbine at the Trent Wind Farm caught fire.
Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden said crews from his department and from the Trent Volunteer Fire Department were sent to the location just south of Interstate 20 and east of Lake Sweetwater at 10 a.m.
“There was no need for us to go up in the turbine so we didn’t,” Madden said. “We stayed well enough away and controlled the grass fires from the falling embers and fiberglass.

War-over-secret-wind-farm-evidence

An official study of the impact of wind farms and renewable energy on the countryside is being suppressed by the Department of Energy, Coalition sources have disclosed to The Daily Telegraph.
The newspaper has learnt that a new Government row over wind farms is blocking a report that could provide official confirmation that the controversial turbines can harm rural areas.
Sources have said that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) — run by Ed Davey, a Liberal Democrat — wants to stop Owen Paterson, the Conservative Environment Secretary, publishing a major report that he has commissioned on renewable energy and the rural economy. Continue... National Wind Watch

Brazil ~ Prisoners put the pedal to the metal to shorten their time behind bars.

Inmates in Brazil's Santa Rita do Sapucai prison can now put the pedal to the

metal to shorten their time behind bars.

The city’s judge has instated a policy that rewards prisoners for generating 

energy by riding stationery bikes, according to a report in the Jornal Nacional.

Prisoners can knock a day off their sentences for every 16 hours they pedal.

Continue... Daily News


 

Ask me about wind turbines

Monday August 19, 2013
To the Editor:
If the powers that be (government agencies, Department of Environmental Protection, Board of Health, etc.) really wanted to know how people felt about industrial wind turbines (IWTs), don’t you think they should ask the people who are most impacted by them? Like the folks who areforced to live under these ungodly monsters?
Don’t you think if they really wanted to know what the effects are from living too close to IWTs that they would fund some research or get the information first hand? Like -- I’ll say this one more time -- from the people who are forced to live under them? 
Continue... [North Adams Transcript]

Supervisors to vote on a resolution asking the state to fund a study on the impact of wind turbines on human health.

A full agenda will greet the Fond du Lac County Board of Supervisors when it meets this week, including an agenda item related to wind farms . 
The Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Legislative Chambers of the City County Government Center, 160 S. Macy St. The public is encouraged to attend. Meetings are also televised live on Charter Cable channels 21/980.
Continue... [FDL Reporter]

Residents to voice turbine impact stories

It has been approximately 20 weeks since the blades on the Canadian Auto Workers’ (CAW) wind turbine in Port Elgin have been spinning. It has also been the same amount of time since members of Stop Turbine Operation Policy (STOP) have been tracking complaints of those experiencing alleged negative impacts associated to the turbine.
A recent email sent to those on STOP’s mailing list, provided some of those complaints which included audible noise outside the home preventing property enjoyment; inside the home causing sleep depravation, headaches, nose bleeds, nausea and dizziness, to name some. In the same email, STOP spokesperson Greg Schmalz said the listed symptoms go away when those affected leave the turbine area, but reappear when they come back.
Continue...[Shoreline Beacon]

Monday, August 19, 2013

Man pleads in Noxen shooting

The Tunkhannock man who fired a gun at a carload of people in Wyoming County faces a maximum sentence of 28 years in state prison and a $45,000 fine for his actions.

Wade Douglas Wright, 43, Copper Kettle Park, pleaded guilty to four counts of reckless endangerment and one of aggravated assault when a bullet from the gun Mr. Wright fired Aug. 12, 2012, struck passenger Mary Josephine McClaine of Clifford. The family had been looking at a  BP's Mahoopany windmill project. Continue...

Joe Rice, BP Settlement Negotiator, Says Company's Legal Tactics Will Backfire

By Andrew Callus

LONDON, Aug 15 (Reuters) - BP's hard-line legal tactics aimed at capping the financial blowout from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster will backfire, according to Joe Rice, negotiator of last year's settlement on behalf of over 100,000 compensation claimants.


Until six months ago, the British oil company sought to co-operate and negotiate its way through the web of litigation spun around it by government bodies, private individuals and businesses. Continue... Huff post green

Group joins fight against Wind Turbine eagle-kill allowance

PAWHUSKA - The National Congress of American Indians has joined the Osage Nation in opposing federal actions to permit eagle kills caused by wind industry development on tribal lands without regard for tribal cultural interests and authority. 

A resent National Congress of American Indians resolution says authorizing the wind energy project to kill eagles in Osage Nation territory without the tribe's consent would set a dangerous precedent. The resolution says it would limit the ability of all tribes in the U.S. to protect their cultural resources.  [Continue...Tulsa World]

Sunday, August 18, 2013

What are the chances that BP will...

During the Pre-application  Intervenor Funding conference May 21, 2013, case examiner and state Department of Public Service Administrative Law Judge Paul Agresta had this to say about BP's Cape Vincent Wind Farm  We’d like to see a case scenario that attempts to comply with the towns zoning law to the degree possible. 

 What are the chances that BP will attempt to comply with our zoning law, when the only reason they are pursuing their project through an Article 10 process is to bypass our zoning law.


  In a letter to the Town of Cape Vincent  BP project Developer Richard Chandler said the proposed zoning law is unreasonably burdensome  and will effectively prohibit wind generation from being sited within the Town. Chandler further stated that

The town has already evaluated potential impacts from the Cape Vincent and St. Lawrence Wind Farm projects and made favorable findings. The requirements of the Proposed Zoning Law, however, are
inconsistent with these findings. The requirements, setback provisions, exclusion areas, and noise
standards contained within the Proposed Zoning Law are highly restrictive and should be
substantiated by realistic and credible studies, consistent with other operational wind projects, and
in line with industry standards.

For years BP has engaged in various attempts to thwart the development of a wind law,  that properly address the siting of industrial scale wind turbines in Cape Vincent.  

 One example of BP's attempts to subvert the wind law process in Cape Vincent took place when  Jim Madden one of  BP's  former project developer's, was assigned to the Cape Vincent Wind "farm".

  Madden warned, both the Town Board and the Planning Board  that there were economic consequences .“When you put stricter regulations on noise and other setbacks, it has a direct effect on the number of turbines, which has a direct impact on the economic benefits to the community.”

Additionally, Madden  said that a restrictive zoning law would eliminate BP Alternative Energy's proposed wind farm in Cape Vincent. 
What Madden failed to mention was that British Petroleum was not concerned for the economic prosperity, or for the quality of life of the citizens of Cape Vincent.

Madden was pushing a zoning law that would allow 50 decibels at the property line. This number was proposed May 1 at the final wind committee meeting. At the meeting Beth White (Voter for BP) passed out  noise proposal recommending 45-decibel limit for a residence and a 50-decibel limit from property lines. She said she was unwilling to negotiate her proposal since it was a matter of economics Ms. White's basis for her proposal was that it was the wind industry standard and if we allow more noise, we get to have more turbines and thus make more money and we have to consider the money. 
she explained that, based on the Galloo Island Pilot, over twenty years, the School district would get 14 million, the county would get 9 million and the town would get 4 million.

Town council member Marty Mason supported Whites proposal by adding that we should make it 50 decibels for everything.

Town Council member Donald Mason agreed as well forcing a motion to accept Beth White's study. White seconded it.
  When it was discovered that the plan would  not be put to a formal vote because not all committee members were present ,Donny Mason asked if committee member Mickey Orvis could vote even though he was not there .

Voter for Wind Beth Whites proposal

■ Noise levels from turbines must not exceed 45 decibels at all residences and 50 decibels at non-participating residents' property lines.

■ 1,000-foot setbacks from non-participating property lines, participating dwellings and the centerline of Route 12E starting from the village to the town border with Lyme.

■ 2,000-foot setbacks from the centerline of Route 12E from the village to the Clayton town border and the high-water mark of Lake Ontario.

■ 600-foot setbacks from public, seasonal and non-seasonal roads.

■ Setbacks of 1,000 feet on top of 1.5 times the height of a turbine from the village line.

Town Supervisor Urban C. Hirschey said the noise levels over 40 decibels at both people's residences and property lines were unacceptable to him.

Planning Board member Andrew R. Binsley said the setbacks from non-participating residents' property lines should be 1,500 feet, 500 feet more than Ms. White's proposal, and that turbine setbacks from the village line should be at least 2,000 feet on top of 1.5 times the height of a turbine.

Richard H. Macsherry, a committee member who also disagreed with the proposal, said the five members who backed Ms. White should be more willing to compromise and impose regulations based on science rather than for economic gain.
~~
"I think we've gone as far as we can. We've beat this up for years and I don't think we're going to get anywhere further," said Councilman Donald J. Mason, who supported Ms. White's suggestions.

Ms. White, Voter for Wind with financial interests dependent on the wind law noise criteria, said the town citizens are circulating a petition, gathering signatures from property owners of the wind overlay district to impose supermajority-voting requirements for council actions regarding wind.

She said the group hopes to gather signatures from owners of at least 20 percent of the properties in the overlay district to make it harder for the town board to adopt a more restrictive wind zoning law and terminate the proposed St. Lawrence and Cape Vincent wind farms.

 




Link here to read Maddens letter

What are the chances that BP will attempt to comply with our zoning law ?


During the Pre-application  Intervenor Funding conference May 21, 2013, case examiner and state Department of Public Service Administrative Law Judge Paul Agresta had this to say about BP's Cape Vincent Wind Farm  We’d like to see a case scenario that attempts to comply with the towns zoning law to the degree possible. 

 What are the chances that BP will attempt to comply with our zoning law when the only reason they are pursuing their project through an Article 10 process is to bypass our zoning law.


  In a letter to the Town of Cape Vincent  BP project Developer Richard Chandler said the proposed zoning law is unreasonably burdensome  and will effectively prohibit wind generation from being sited within the Town. Chandler further stated that

The town has already evaluated potential impacts from the Cape Vincent and St. Lawrence Wind Farm projects and made favorable findings. The requirements of the Proposed Zoning Law, however, are
inconsistent with these findings. The requirements, setback provisions, exclusion areas, and noise
standards contained within the Proposed Zoning Law are highly restrictive and should be
substantiated by realistic and credible studies, consistent with other operational wind projects, and
in line with industry standards.

For years BP has engaged in various attempts to thwart the development of a wind law,  that properly address the siting of industrial scale wind turbines in Cape Vincent.  

 One example of BP's attempts to subvert the wind law process in Cape Vincent took place when
Jim Madden one of  BP's  former project developer's, was assigned to the Cape Vincent Wind "farm".


  Madden warned, both the Town Board and the Planning Board  that there were economic consequences .“When you put stricter regulations on noise and other setbacks, it has a direct effect on the number of turbines, which has a direct impact on the economic benefits to the community.”

Additionally, Madden  said that a restrictive zoning law would eliminate BP Alternative Energy's proposed wind farm in Cape Vincent. 
What Madden failed to mention was that British Petroleum was not concerned for the economic prosperity, or for the quality of life of the citizens of Cape Vincent.

Madden was pushing a zoning law that would allow 50 decibels at the property line. This number was proposed May 1 at the final wind committee meeting. At the meeting Beth White (Voter for BP) passed out  noise proposal recommending 45-decibel limit for a residence and a 50-decibel limit from property lines. She said she was unwilling to negotiate her proposal since it was a matter of economics Ms. White's basis for her proposal was that it was the wind industry standard and if we allow more noise, we get to have more turbines and thus make more money and we have to consider the money. 
she explained that, based on the Galloo Island Pilot, over twenty years, the School district would get 14 million, the county would get 9 million and the town would get 4 million.

Town council member Marty Mason supported her proposal by adding that we should make it 50 decibels for everything.

Town Council member Donald Mason agreed by forcing a motion to accept Beth White's study. Beth White seconded it.
  When it was discovered that the plan would  not be put to a formal vote because not all committee members were present ,Donny Mason asked if committee member Mickey Orvis could vote even though he was not there .

Voter for Wind Beth Whites proposal

■ Noise levels from turbines must not exceed 45 decibels at all residences and 50 decibels at non-participating residents' property lines.

■ 1,000-foot setbacks from non-participating property lines, participating dwellings and the centerline of Route 12E starting from the village to the town border with Lyme.

■ 2,000-foot setbacks from the centerline of Route 12E from the village to the Clayton town border and the high-water mark of Lake Ontario.

■ 600-foot setbacks from public, seasonal and non-seasonal roads.

■ Setbacks of 1,000 feet on top of 1.5 times the height of a turbine from the village line.

Town Supervisor Urban C. Hirschey said the noise levels over 40 decibels at both people's residences and property lines were unacceptable to him.

Planning Board member Andrew R. Binsley said the setbacks from non-participating residents' property lines should be 1,500 feet, 500 feet more than Ms. White's proposal, and that turbine setbacks from the village line should be at least 2,000 feet on top of 1.5 times the height of a turbine.

Richard H. Macsherry, a committee member who also disagreed with the proposal, said the five members who backed Ms. White should be more willing to compromise and impose regulations based on science rather than for economic gain.
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"I think we've gone as far as we can. We've beat this up for years and I don't think we're going to get anywhere further," said Councilman Donald J. Mason, who supported Ms. White's suggestions.

Ms. White, Voter for Wind with financial interests dependent on the wind law noise criteria, said the town citizens are circulating a petition, gathering signatures from property owners of the wind overlay district to impose supermajority-voting requirements for council actions regarding wind.

She said the group hopes to gather signatures from owners of at least 20 percent of the properties in the overlay district to make it harder for the town board to adopt a more restrictive wind zoning law and terminate the proposed St. Lawrence and Cape Vincent wind farms.

link here to Maddens letter

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Cape Vincent August 13, 2009

Police called to Cape Vincent Town Council Meeting

   Cape Vincent has a large seasonal population , the seasonal residents do not live here year round, consequently they are not able to attend many Town Board and Planning Board meetings .
  In an attempt to inform people about what was happening in our community concerning two wind developments proposed for Cape Vincent I began blogging.
Around that same time Cape Vincent resident John Byrne began taping portions of the Town Board and Planning board meetings to allow people to see what was happening in their community.
By August of 2009,  the two gigantic wind development proposed for Cape Vincent were becoming extremely contentious.
At some point I discovered John Byrnes videos on YouTube , and I began posting them on  my blog. 
Supervisor Reinbeck assumed that my blog belonged to John Byrne and he had objections to the videos and the information that was being posted with them.  

As a result Reinbeck decided to take action to stop the videotaping, during the Town Board meeting of August 13,2009 Rienbeck tried to use the police as an intimidation tactic to force John Byrne to remove his camera from the Board meeting. 

 At the end of this post are two YouTube videos one is of the above mentioned of this meeting, as well as a video of the Planning Board meeting 8/12/09 where the Planning Board  also objected to Mr. Byrns video taping  

Below is a transcript of a YNN report on this incident
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YNN
08/18/2009 06:52 AM
By: Katie Gibas

 CAPE VINCENT, N.Y. -- The Cape Vincent town meetings have been getting pretty heated lately. Last week the police were even called.

Town officials' issue is with John Byrne who has been recording the meetings for more than a year. Their biggest concern is that the video is being taken out of context and used on blogs as an attack tactic.

"They're only showing one portion of the videos, which everything you've seen, when you see the blowups, they've only been of them. They have not been any videos of the rest of the audience. No video of how maybe the planning board or town board member got upset to begin," said Thomas Rienbeck, Cape Vincent Town Supervisor.

But legal experts say there's nothing wrong with only posting portions.

"The courts have said that once somebody records a meeting, the fact that it may be edited or altered or even used out of context is beyond anybodies control. It's perfectly valid," said Robert Freeman, NYS Committee on Open Government Executive Director.

Byrne says he's only been posting portions of the meeting because of logistical and time constraints.

"To post a whole meeting would take an enormous amount of time. YouTube allows you to only post approximately 10 minutes at a time, so I try to grab 10 minutes of every meeting that the residents seem to be the most interested in," said John Byrne, Cape Vincent resident.

Town officials are concerned about what will happen at future meetings.

"Where do you draw the line on this saying this is being abusive and disrupting meetings. But they're not coming out and saying that. How far do you go before you say this is enough?" said Rienbeck.

But both town officials and Byrne say they're not going anywhere.

"I will continue to record the meetings. It's a constitutional right. I feel it should be exercised. If they did it, then the citizens wouldn't have to," said Byrne.

And town officials say they're looking into just that.

Town officials say they're also looking into changing the structure of their meetings to prevent further outbursts and arguments.

Link here to YNN  video /story




YouTube videos
TBM~ 8/13/09                                                   PBM~ 8/12/09