NYRI North?

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…

Lake Ontario power project seeks Oswego County route

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?

5 thoughts on “NYRI North?

  1. Mrs. Mecomber

    One other thing:

    “And, they were told, if they didn’t agree, the company might use eminent domain.”

    The company? The company?! Since when does the company use eminent domain? Since they started using the government as a cloak? This is fascism. This is what the Declaration of Independence is all about– that long train of abuses and usurpations working invariably toward the same goal.

    I think you put too much trust in your government to solve this problem. Messiah Spitzer will not come.

  2. JS

    sound familiar? i’m guessing this rings as true today as then, for those in NYRI’s path!

    The permitting process…
    “He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.”

    Federal preemption of state and local laws…
    “He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.”

    “He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.”

    “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.”

    GATT, WTO and global systems…”He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation.”

    Hmmmm.

  3. honkcronk

    “Upstate NY Power does not have the authority to wield eminent domain, at least not yet. Upstate NY Power was formed through the state’s transportation law, which potentially gives it the ability to use eminent domain to obtain easements for electricity transmission.

    But first, the company must receive a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need from the Public Service Commission. Upstate NY Power has not yet filed any applications, so it “has not been granted status,” PSC spokeswoman Anne V. Dalton said. ”

    this was posted
    http://www.windaction.org/news/14044

    The law referred to was the same one that would allow NYRI to use eminent domain — until the NY Legislature framed the controversial law to prevent them.

    Sounds like the February deadline is a bluff and the folks can all start a fund for a lawyer now. They will need one.

  4. Mr. Smith

    This transmission line will be the first of it’s kind in the area it is going in, and it appears to be going in fast. People are being lined up for easements before there is much info out there, even with the PSC. What can farmers and small land owners do? who is there to help them, and stand up for them, really? there is alot of talk but when it comes down to the $$$ who is going to win? And its not just about today, its about what we leave for those behind us. Perhaps those who live in the proposed affected areas have been lucky in the past to have avoided too much of the modern blights, but Jefferson County does have the regional landfill which takes garbage in from where? Who can tell now. We can only hope that these little towns that this route goes through will look at this line, and see if it is what they really want or if there is anything that can really be done about it, or where it goes. Lucky is the town where the towers are going on an island, as they will have no impact at all, except all that money, with no negative issues.

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