BP's Tatics in Cape Vincent Ny

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

All Or Nothing At All

To the dismay of the CVWF wind lease holders BP has bailed on their Cape Vincent wind farm project.

Over the years many things stalled the two wind projects slated for Cape Vincent, but early in the development process we came very close to having our community turned into an industrial wind wasteland. 
June 15, 2006 a public hearing was scheduled for a proposed wind turbine project boundary that would begin 1,000 feet from the established river district boundary.  This would have put the first wind turbine no closer than 2,600 feet from the river side of Route 12E.

However by the time the hearing rolled around two councilmen had changed their minds about the setbacks causing a deadlock. Supervisor Thomas K. Rienbeck and Councilman Mickey W.Orvis proposed a revised boundary that would site turbines as close as 1600 feet from the center line of route12 E.

Had these two councilmen made a small compromise and stuck with the agreed upon setbacks in all likely hood we would have a very different landscape in Cape Vincent.

                 Wind power setback nixed 

Cape zoning plan: amendment changed to resolve deadlock 
By Jude Seymour
Times staff writer June 16,2006

Cape Vincent – two members of the town Council have reversed their positions on setback requirements of commercial wind towers, causing a deadlock that was resolved Thursday only by stripping any such regulations from up close zoning law amendment.

Two Councilman recusing themselves over apparent conflicts of interest, the three members remaining agreed May 11 two set a project boundary that would begin 1000 feet from the already established River district boundary. Proposed law therefore, restricted the first turbine from being placed any closer than 2600 feet from the center line over 12 the. But supervisor Thomas K Reinbeck and Councilman Mickey W. Orvis offered a revised boundary Thursday that showed turbines as close as 1600 feet from the center line over route 12E Continue...


Anonymous said...

Did you ever go to a board meeting in those days? If you did and expressed any concern a pack of wild wind dogs were right there to "work you over". Even the board along with the PB was ready to jump down your throats and remind you that "we must be fair to the wind company." I believe that much of this disgusting behavior by the green shirts was encouraged by the teachings of the employees in the wind office and their community organizer. Having experienced the greed and bully tactics in those days, I do not feel sorry one bit for those who have last their wind money. It was always the wind lease holders on the fringes near the water who seem to be the most aggressive and wanted less setback. To me that is just plain greed and yes much of the blame for the failure can be placed on that greed. Did Tom and Mickey ever become good neighbors?

Anonymous said...

In the beginning, wind turbines coming here was taken for granted. No one dared suggest the option of zoning them out.
The leaseholders and the boards were brainwashed.
Thankfully some of those who didn't want them stood up to the corruption that was evident from the start.
We can't thank those brave people enough!