No, it’s not NYRI — it’s a different company, a different plan — but just when you thought it was safe to go into your back yard…
Plans to run power from a wind turbine project in Lake Ontario through Oswego County are meeting surprise and resistance. “It’ll ruin my property value,” said Kathleen Schneider, who with her husband owns 55 acres on Castor Road in Albion. The Schneiders received a letter last month from Upstate NY Power Corp. telling them they would be contacted about selling a right of way on their land. They threw it out. Later they learned that Upstate NY Power has applied to install 77 wind turbines on Galloo Island, 12 miles off the shore of Lake Ontario. Two representatives for the project visited them Monday to say that Upstate NY Power would pay $4,000 an acre for a 150-foot-wide swath to accommodate a 230-kilovolt power line. And, they were told, if they didn’t agree, the company might use eminent domain. A letter included a deadline of Feb. 25. The date was underlined, she said.
Apparently, no one bothered to inform Oswego County officials about the project either.
Isn’t it time this state had a real energy policy? Isn’t it time that we sat down and hashed out the realities of what to do with wind power that one township decides upon, resulting in frightening situations like this for unsuspecting people in other towns? Come on Spitzer, let’s get moving on this. People need to develop power, people need to conserve power, the federal government is threatening to take away our state’s own authority on what to do with its own land… how about some new laws with teeth, a statewide discussion that involves everyone reaching a consensus (not just consensus between the PSC and companies), and the willingness to fight to back up our self-determined policies?