Ortt says state shouldn’t take control of siting turbines in Yates, Somerset

Posted 2 December 2015 at 12:00 am

Press Release, State Sen. Robert Ortt

YATES – State Sen. Rob Ortt issued the following statement today about the proposed Lighthouse Wind Project, where Apex Clean Energy wants to build up to 71 large-scale wind turbines in Yates and Somerset.
“The process thus far has been extremely disappointing and frustrating for local residents and government officials. I’m hopeful that the next phase will address the serious concerns raised by property owners, businesses, farmers, and local representatives.

“We cannot have such a dramatic change in our community – potential risks to our environment, health, and property – with scarce details provided by developers and without community input. For this reason, I’ve been adamant in calling for a State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) to study the impact that a project of this scale will have on our community.

“While federal aviation officials are studying the effect wind turbines will have on our skies and how it will impact local air traffic, the state needs to increase its diligence on this matter.

“I’ve also advocated for greater local involvement by moving siting decisions away from politicians and bureaucrats in Albany – and giving it back to local officials. I will continue working with concerned citizens as well as officials at the town, county, state, and federal level.”