Save Ontario Shores, Inc. is a grassroots citizens group
formed in January 2015 to address the health, safety and welfare of the Town of Yates and Town of Somerset taxpayers and residents regarding the issue of permitting Apex Clean Energy, Inc. to build 45 to 70 industrial wind turbines in these rural towns. Concerns include sound emitting from the turbines 24 hours a day, change to the rural nature of the area with the addition of industrial wind turbines, potential health risks, and the effect on wildlife, local businesses, property values and tourism.
Apex’s proposed turbine placement map
TURBINE PLACEMENTS, LAND LEASES AND EASEMENTS
Click on the brackets on the upper right hand side of the window below to get a larger map. This map is interactive and works like Google maps. You can zoom in using the +/- buttons on the lower left. You can double click on the turbine icons or on a leased parcel to see who the owner is. For an alphabetical list of signers in both towns, go to our “Leases and Easements” tab.
Birding in and around Somerset and Yates 2021
Participate in local bird counts from the comfort of your home or a location nearby. Become a citizen scientist! Birding in the Towns of Yates and Somerset 2021
Power Coalition unites to block Lighthouse Wind Project
A diverse group of organizations have joined forces to stop the Lighthouse Wind project. See the press release announcing the formation of the POWER Coalition
On June 7, 2021, SOS sent out the following press release: Save Ontario Shores Urges Public Participation in Great Lakes Wind Feasibility Study Public Feedback Session. READ HERE
On March 16, 2021, SOS Vice President Kate Kremer wrote an editorial published in the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal entitled “Governor Cuomo’s budgets have helped Apex”. READ HERE
On March 13, 2021, Environmental attorney Gary Abraham wrote an editorial published in the Olean Times Herald entitled “Renewable energy vs. the environment”. READ HERE
It’s time to stop the Lighthouse Wind Project once and for all!
Call Gov. Cuomo and tell him to pull the plug on the Lighthouse Wind Project: 518-474-8390. You can also contact the governor through his website: https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form.
The Cuomo Administration is proposing to remove local taxing authority over large-scale renewable energy projects from municipalities.
SOS has written a position paper.
On December 4, 2020, SOS submitted several documents to the Office of Renewable Energy Siting to address the Draft Regulations and Uniform Standards and Conditions being proposed by the Office.
Included was a cover letter signed by several additional stakeholders across upstate and western New York, expressing their support for these comments. Additionally, 8 appendices were included addressing various topics of concern. READ MORE
What you can do to Participate
- Become familiar with the issues and stay informed. See the Talking Points here.
- Bookmark our website and visit often.
- Like us on Facebook and join the conversation.
- Sign up for our newsletter to keep informed.
- Post a sign in your front yard, porch or front window. Contact us for more information.
- Download Instructions for making DPS Comments (pdf)
- Contact elected officials, State agencies, the developer.
- Join us at Town Board Meetings! Meeting Calendar
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SOS is 100% funded by generous local individuals.
Please consider joining this work by giving what you can. Monthly donations are welcome. SOS is a not for profit corporation and it is not a tax exempt organization, so donations are not deductible for tax purposes. Checks can be sent to:
Save Ontario Shores, Inc.
PO Box 382
Lyndonville, NY 14098