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Most recent comments about Lighthouse Wind on NY website continue to show opposition

Posted 18 October 2016 at 10:35 pm

Editor:

The table below shows the results of an analysis of public comments made to the New York State Department of Public Service (NYSDPS) website in relation to the Lighthouse Wind Project as proposed for the Towns of Yates and Somerset by APEX Energy. A total of 855 comments submitted were assessed by quarter with comments tabulated and organized by support (in-favor) and opposition (opposed) to the project.

All comments made to the NYSDPS site regarding the Lighthouse Wind Project were included in the assessment and as stated, cover the time period from Q1-2015 through Q3-2016.  All comments were read fully in order to ascertain position regarding the wind project.  The positions were tabulated as in-favor or opposed to the project.

The results are as follows:

Date Comments In-favor Comments Opposed % In-favor % Opposed
Q1-2015 0 44 0% 100%
Q2-2015 0 98 0% 100%
Q3-2015 36 160 19% 82%
Q4-2015 56 140 29% 72%
Q1-2016 31 165 16% 84%
Q2-2016 3 33 8% 92%
Q3-2016 21 67 24% 76%
Total 148 707 17% 83%

The overall results for this time period are as follows

Comments In-Favor of Lighthouse Wind Project = 148

Comments Opposed to Lighthouse Wind Project = 707

% of Comments In-Favor of Lighthouse Wind Project = 17%

% of Comments Opposed to Lighthouse Wind Project = 83%

These results show a clear, ongoing and massive opposition to this project.  Interestingly, these results show a greater level of opposition than have all of the previous surveys performed by:

The Town of Somerset

Save Ontario Shores (SOS)

The Town of Yates

The Buffalo News

The Batavia Daily News

Buffalo Business First Magazine

These surveys averaged an approximately 70% Opposed/30% In-Favor breakdown of survey results.

As a private citizen, it is clear to me that DPS comments and multiple surveys show the truth.  The will of the people is clear.  APEX’s Lighthouse Wind Project must not move forward.  In addition and just as importantly, Article 10 must not be allowed to suppress the Home-Rule will of the people.

Thank you.

John B. Riggi

Councilman, Town of Yates