"The wind turbines on Wolfe Island in the St. Lawrence River are 27 to 32 miles away from Thompson Park in Watertown. But there they are, big as life when the sun goes down and the air is clear."
Bob Gorman's article and Colleen White's photo says it all: "How many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn't see..."
"The fact that you can see turbines from 30 miles away is no reason to support or oppose such utilities, or whatever they are being called in Cape Vincent these days. (Wind energy proposals for 148 turbines in Cape Vincent, NY )
Instead, it should be a reminder that the issue isn’t one that should be decided by as few people as possible."
And what about the few that are making the decision that will effect everyone within a 30 mile radius? Six of the Cape Vincent officials have some type of conflict of interest by holding lease contracts with the wind developer.
Those six did not disclose their conflicts of interest until recently. They ignore their comprehensive plan which discourages towers. They don't call them utilities in their first attempt at a zoning law. They drop that attempt with the excuse that they don't want to spend the money on the studies, Then they call them utilities in their second attempt. They shelf that attempt when Rienbeck is angered by an ad that puts out the conflicts of interests for the public to see. They deny basic civil rights when they try to have a citizen arrested for video taping the Aug.13 meeting. They ignore the 650 voices of their citizens who signed a petition urging them to pass a one year town wide moratorium, Clayton, Lyme, and others have all done moratoriums. Why not Cape Vincent? They explain they have spent six years in this process and it wouldn't be fair to the WIND COMPANY. .What about the citizens and the neighboring communities who will have to live with this haphazard mess!!
"How many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn't see..."
Write the New York Attorney General about the conflicts of interests at: www.oag.state.ny.us.
Write your local, county and state officials. Urge organizations that protect the environment, (DEC, Siera Club, Nature Conservancy, TILT, Save the River...) to take an active stance.