Local Voices

Selected opinion pieces from residents in the project area. Some were published in multiple news outlets and are only currently available as links from the Orleans Hub.

Lockport Union Sun & Journal July 5, 2019
Protection of Open Spaces is an Environmental Necessity
Jim Hoffman, Town of Somerset
Those who reside in the rural and semi-rural parts of New York state do not want to see the industrialization of our countryside and the associated physical and environmental damage that will occur if industrial wind turbines are permitted. Local laws, comprehensive plans and policies in place should govern, and they should not be usurped by the state.

Buffalo News: Another Voice June 30, 2019
Conflicts Entangle the State Energy Authority
Jim Simon, Supervisor, Town of Yates
The Yates Town Supervisor questions the relationship between the Article 10 Siting Board and its members actively promoting a wind turbine project that has not yet been approved.

Lockport Union Sun and Journal May 21 2019
New York owes its ‘Coal’ Communities
Daniel Engert, Supervisor, Town of Somerset
With the ban of coal-fired generation in New York state, the coal plants owner (Beowulf Energy) has proposed to re-purpose these sites as data centers powered by renewable energy. Unlike the overwhelmingly opposed Lighthouse Wind proposal by Apex Clean Energy, this is precisely the type of development that Somerset envisioned in our comprehensive plan and zoning. However, they need assistance from the state to bring the project together.

Lockport Union Sun and Journal April 29, 2019
Apex, say goodbye to ‘Lighthouse Wind’
John Riggi, Yates town council member
Apex Clean Energy needs to own up to the fact that they chose a poor project site. They now need to take the bitter pill and tell the public what they’ve told their leaseholders in private: The Lighthouse Wind Project will not move forward.

Albany Times-Union April 1, 2019 February 28, 2019
Rural communities must have a voice in energy planning
James Simon, Supervisor Town of Yates and Daniel Engert, Supervisor Town of Somerset
Our rural communities have duly enacted local laws designed to preserve the rural characteristics our constituents value most.

Buffalo News March 22, 2019
Stop pushing wind turbines in rural, peaceful Somerset
Christine Bronson, Councilwoman, Town of Somerset
Industrial wind turbines should not be placed in a rural setting such as Somerset.

Lockport Union Sun and Journal February 28, 2019
Similarities of Galloo Island, Lighthouse Wind are Striking
Kate Kremer, Yates
What does the withdrawal of the Apex’s Galloo Island industrial wind project have to say about their project proposed in Somerset and Yates? Both are proposed along the shores of Lake Ontario in a migratory bird and raptor flyway.

Buffalo News: Another Voice February 21, 2019
Wind Factories Threaten Our Health and Well-being
Mary Kay Barton, Wyoming County
The ongoing push by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his pals in the wind industry to cover rural New York State with industrial wind factories is a needless attack on our natural environment, and the health, safety and welfare of citizens and targeted communities.

Buffalo News February 5, 2019
Sierra Club has Strayed
Bob LaPorte
Maybe the Sierra Club’s new slogan should be: “It became necessary to annihilate western New York’s avian population in order to save them.”

Lockport Sun Union Journal: Opinion February 2, 2019
Apex, the Emperor Unclothed
Christine Bronson
It defies common sense. There is no study that can convince me that any normal human being would actually gravitate to a community where homes are dwarfed by giant 591-foot industrial wind turbines.

Buffalo News: Another Voice January 17, 2019
Sierra Club Disputed on Wind Power
Sherri Lange, CEO, North American Platform Against Wind Power
The U.S. does not garner 30 percent of its power from industrial wind. The real number is around 4 percent.

Orleans Hub January 5, 2019
Comments on DPS site continue to show opposition to Lighthouse Wind
Steve Royce, Appleton
Since the inception of tracking the public comments, 339 comments, or 21 percent are in favor of the project, 1,260 comments, 79 percent, are opposed.

Buffalo News December 30, 2018
Another Voice: Sierra Club endorsement of Somerset wind project is suspect
Daniel M. Engert, Town Supervisor, Somerset
The Sierra Club’s response did not include a shred of information or even one study that related to or even referenced the Lighthouse Wind project. The materials the Sierra Club reviewed to form its conclusion that the Lighthouse Wind project is “environmentally sound” dated back to 2005.
Clearly, if the Sierra Club did not review any detailed information specific to the Lighthouse Wind project and did not review studies and findings related to the project, then the Sierra Club has no basis to offer opinions about the environmental impacts.

Orleans Hub December 6, 2018
Apex needs oversight for proposed turbines in sensitive area near Lake Ontario
Kate Kremer, Yates
On October 26, administrative law judges for the Department of Public Service (DPS) ruled that Apex should not have withheld information about an eagle’s nest in the Galloo project area. Administrative Law Judge Michael Caruso stated that this withholding of relevant information “raises serious questions about the applicant’s character and fitness.”

Orleans Hub November 29, 2018
Sierra Club should push for hydro power, not industrial wind turbines
James C. Hoffman, Somerset
The Niagara hydroelectric power plant is under-utilized. An examination of the record reveals this. With a source of clean renewable power at our door step, why is Lighthouse Wind and other industrial wind turbine projects even being considered?
It seems as though the Sierra Club with its historically deep involvement in environmental issues would be aware of this underutilization of a clean renewable power source and promote its full use. Sadly, the Sierra Club has aligned with Big Wind and Big Government, a convenient alignment that will assure them of financial and political support in the future.

Buffalo News November 20, 2018
Lighthouse Wind Not Clean, Not Wanted
James C. Hoffman, Somerset

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal November 9, 2018
Apex Forum Was a Whitewash Job
James C. Hoffman, Somerset

Orleans Hub October 30, 2018
Too Many Negatives for Lighthouse Wind to Move Forward
James C. Hoffman, Somerset

Orleans Hub October 26, 2018
Yates Making Progress on Many Issues While Also Fighting Turbine Project
John B. Riggi, Councilman, Town of Yates

Orleans Hub October 24, 2018
SOS is Committed to Stopping Turbine Project in Yates and Somerset
Pam Atwater, President, Save Ontario Shores

Orleans Hub October 12, 2018
Yates, Somerset to Stay on Guard from Wind Developer’s Promises
Susan E. Dudley, Lyndonville

Orleans Hub October 7, 2018
Yates Councilman Says Apex Should Leave and Let Community Heal
John B. Riggi, Councilman, Town of Yates

Orleans Hub October 4, 2018
News Article from Apex Meeting Warrants Some Clarifications
Steve Royce, Appleton

Orleans Hub October 1, 2018
Apex Specializes in Misinformation
Christine Bronson, Councilwoman, Town of Somerset

Orleans Hub September 27, 2018
Apex Event for Lighthouse Wind Will be More of a Lecture than a Forum
John B. Riggi, Councilman, Town of Yates

Orleans Hub September 17, 2018
Yates Official Questions Accuracy of Apex Mailer About Wind Turbine Impact on Birds
John B. Riggi, Councilman, Town of Yates

Orleans Hub August 15, 2018
Apex Continues to Speak in Generalities and Platitudes About Proposed Project in Yates and SomersetJohn B. Riggi, Councilman, Town of Yates

Orleans Hub August 12, 2018
Apex Should Provide Specifics about Misinformation as Yates and Somerset Try to Stop Project
Steve and Maryellen Royce, Richard and Cynthia Hellert, Robert and Agnes LaPorte, Paula Simon, David and Anne Smith, Susan Dudley, Ruth Doughty, Robert Verheyn, Christine Bronson, Kathy Evans, Donn Riggi

Orleans Hub August 2, 2018
Councilman Says Many Negatives for Community with Wind Turbine Project
John B. Riggi, Councilman, Town of Yates

Orleans Hub July 27, 2018
Niagara River’s Hydroelectric Power is Most Reliable Unsubsidized Source of Renewable Power
Gregory G. Woodrich, Williamsville

Orleans Hub July 26, 2018
Somerset and Yates Residents Don’t Want to Sacrifice Quality of Life for Money from Wind Turbines
Christine Bronson, Councilwoman, Town of Somerset

Orleans Hub July 8, 2018
Vast Majority of Public Comments Continue to Show Opposition to Lighthouse Wind
John B. Riggi, Councilman, Town of Yates

Orleans Hub June 25, 2018
Somerset and Yates Stay Committed in Opposition to Lighthouse Wind
James C. Hoffman, Somerset

Orleans Hub June 22, 2018
Save Ontario Shores, Which Formed 3 ½ Years Ago, Grateful for Many Who Oppose Turbine Project
Pam Atwater, President, Save Ontario Shores

Orleans Hub April 21, 2018
Yates Resident Should be Outraged at Apex, Not Town Board for Legal Costs
James Bansbach, Yates

Orleans Hub April 10, 2018
Latest Quarter Shows More Opposition Comments for Lighthouse Wind
John B. Riggi, Councilman, Town of Yates

Orleans Hub March 16, 2018
Many Unknowns with Lighthouse Wind Should Stop Project from Going Forward
Ray Watt, Yates

Orleans Hub February 20, 2018
Turbine Construction and Maintenance Have Negative Impacts on Environment
Betty Wolanyk, Somerset

Orleans Hub February 12, 2018
Turbines in Yates and Somerset Would be Environmental Injustice
Donn Riggi, Yates

Orleans Hub February 6, 2018
State and Apex Should Respect Local Laws About Wind Turbines Seeking to Maintain Quiet Rural Community
James C. Hoffman, Somerset

Orleans Hub January 20, 2018
Yates Town Supervisor Says He’s Heartened by Siting Board Decision to Respect Local Wind Energy Ordinances
James Simon, Supervisor, Town of Yates

Orleans Hub January 15, 2018
Apex Has Shown Lack of Follow Through with Public Outreach
Christine Bronson, Councilwoman, Town of Somerset

Orleans Hub January 15, 2018
Commenters on DPS Website Show Opposition to Lighthouse Wind
John B. Riggi, Councilman, Town of Yates

Orleans Hub January 11, 2018
Leaseholders for Turbines Should Consider Impact on Neighbors
Steve Royce, Appleton

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