BP's Tatics in Cape Vincent Ny

Sunday, August 31, 2014

CAPE VINCENT:    Is Marty Mason Wheeling and Dealing again?

Since BP baled on their Cape Vincent Wind Farm project interest in Cape Vincent concerning wind development has almost completely dried up.

Or so I thought , after a recent review of the data from the tracking service that monitors the visitors that come to my Energy Valley blog I noticed an inordinate amount of interest in Marty Mason.  Considering Mr. Masons past actions as a wind conflicted town councilmen supporting wind development in Cape Vincent, could this activity be related to another scheme concerning some type of large scale industrial development for Cape Vincent?

The tracking data showed that 75 out of 500 visitors searched for Marty Mason’s Railroad Property deed and /or his electric power line options.  This level of interest and the number of searches was very unusual. Here is a little background for those of you that are not familiar with Mr. Mason’s industrial wind dealings.

One of the most important components of any wind development project are the transmission lines.  On January 23,1998 Marty Mason bought a piece of property from the Township Telephone Company.  This strip of land was part of an old railroad bed that runs from CV to Watertown. The Development Authority of the North Country began constructing the regional water line along this corridor in 1996 (note in the video following this post Mason proudly boasts about working the entire project).

In 2005 Mason signed a lease agreements with two wind companies and his land became part of the transmission line corridor.  BP even purchased land in this same corridor to construct a new electrical substation in Lyme.  Mr Mason also had land lease agreements with wind developers for turbine placement and interconnecting line easements on a number of his numerous land parcels.

In the table below are details for the 75 searches.  There were a wide variety of visitors (their Internet Protocol addresses were omitted).  Some were using proxy servers to conceal their identity but there were several visitors with dedicated IP’s that stand out,such as the Office of the NYS Attorney General, Bridgewater Associates,Barclay Capital, Wells Fargo & Company, and the Public Interest Network.
What’s it all mean?  Was the cleaning lady at Barclays Capital just messing around with the CEO’s desktop computer?  Probably not.  It is impossible to know the intentions of many of those searching Mason’s deeds. The investment firm searches, however, are somewhat suspicious.  If investors are interested, then it may suggest some major development is being considered that would require large capital support and expenditures.  Also, has BP sold their interest in the powerline easements, and if so, to whom?  

Mr.Mason is once again attempting to regain his seat on the town board and many of his supporters have voiced their desire to “get their town back”.  Getting the town back might mean once again closing the doors of local government, dimming the lights, and making backroom deals. This is the attitude that brought the wind development curse on the community in the first place and it was the attitude that led to Mr. Mason losing his seat on the town board  in 2011.

Cape Vincent voters should wonder if Mr. Mason’s candidacy for town office will once again be used to support his private, personal financial wheeling and dealing.  The obvious conclusion is that Mason should explain why the interest in his railroad right of way and electric corridor deeds.  If past performance indicates anything about the future, Cape voters can expect that Mason will see no conflict of interest between his public office and his personal dealings nor will Mason see any reason to explain, after all that’s how business has always been done in Cape Vincent in the past.  


In the video above Mason says, "One more story, I was the first one on that line, that walked that entire line with a snow toboggan and a generator and a drill and a five foot drill bit drilling holes from Cape Vincent to Brownville,  so I know that line like the back of my hand. I worked the whole project."  Subsequent to walking the line Mason bought the railroad land knowing there were restrictions to protect the water line.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thousand Island Park Fire ~ Wellesley Island ~The Morning After

WELLESLEY ISLAND — A large fire and explosion destroyed a prominent building on the island late Wednesday into Thursday morning.
The blaze destroyed the Guzzle building, near the intersection of St. Lawrence Avenue and Rainbow Street East, which housed multiple businesses along with the Thousand Island Park Fire Station for the Wellesley Island Fire Department, according to a witness at the scene. Continue...

 View from behind TI Park fire department

 TI Park Mercantile Art & Toy store

The picture above was hanging on the wall in the mercantile, it survived the fire .
 It is an artists rendering of Rainbow Street East
as it looked before it was devastated by fire

 TI Park Post office

 Interior view of TI Park Post office

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Don Metzger: a life on the water

“They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters…”
— Psalm 107:23
There are some professions in which the living is physically written on the body, like the dirt under the fingernails of a farmer or the dust on a construction worker’s back.
 Don Metzger Wind Warrior
Don Metzger, a St. Lawrence Seaway pilot, is 69 years old. He has worked in the maritime industry for 51 years. Next year, when he turns 70, he will have to retire. Continue...