QUITER JOINS LOCAL ACTIVISTS TO RALLY AGAINST FURTHER WIND TURBINE SITES
GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO’S PLANS TO SITE ADDITIONAL INDUSTRIAL WIND TURBINES LOCALLY MAY HIT A
ROADBLOCK IF GUILFORD RESIDENT AND LIBERTARIAN STATE SENATE CANDIDATE THOMAS QUITER HAS A SAY
IN THE MATTER. QUITER SAYS THAT THE PROJECTS AS CURRENTLY PROPOSED “TRAMPLE OVER PROPER
COMMUNITY OVERSIGHT AND UNFAIRLY BURDEN OUR TAXPAYERS BY GRANTING THE DEVELOPERS TAX
SUBSIDIES” IN THE FORM OF REDUCED PROPERTY TAXES KNOWN AS “PILOTS”. HE ADDED THAT “ITS INCORRECT
TO EVEN CALL THEM ‘WINDMILLS’. THEY ARE ACTUALLY INDUSTRIAL WIND GENERATING FACILITIES”. AS
SUCH, HE WANTS LOCALITIES TO HAVE THE RIGHT TO HOLD A CITIZEN’S REFERENDUM FOR ANY INDUSTRIAL PROJECT THAT IS ALLOWED TO SHORT CIRCUIT THE LOCAL REVIEW PROCESS OR IS GRANTED A “PILOT”.
QUITER WHO IS CHALLENGING REPUBLICAN STATE SEN FRED AKSHAR, WILL HOLD A RALLY AND PRESS CONFERENCE NEARBY THE PROPOSED HIGHBRIDGE SITE AT 1789 STATE HIGHWAY 8 IN MT. UPTON ON THURSDAY OCTOBER 29TH AT 2PM TO DETAIL HIS PLANS. HE WILL BE JOINED BY SEVERAL LOCAL ACTIVISTS WHO HAVE PREVIOUSLY VOICED OPPOSITION TO BOTH THE BLUESTONE AND HIGHBRIDGE WIND GENERATING PROJECTS OVER ENVIRONMENTAL AND HEALTH CONCERNS AND THE NEW MANDATE BY THE STATE TO SHORT CIRCUIT PUBLIC INPUT BY REPLACING THE SITING BOARD WITH A NEW STATE RUN OVERSIGHT COMMISSION.
ANNE LAWRENCE OF BROOME COUNTY CONCERNED RESIDENTS (BCCR) SAYS THAT THE BLUESTONE SITE DID
NOT CONDUCT A PROPER ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW. ‘I’M VERY CONCERNED” SHE SAID “BECAUSE THIS REGION
CONTAINS GOLDEN EAGLE’S, WHICH ARE A PROTECTED SPECIES UNDER FEDERAL LAW, YET THIS PROJECT, WITH
THE STATE’S HELP HAS BEEN GRANTED A PERMIT, IGNORING THE FACT THAT UNPRECEDENTED NUMBERS OF EAGLES ARE PROJECTED TO BE SLAUGHTERED”.
ALSO VOICING STRONG HEALTH AND SAFETY OBJECTIONS IS JENNIFER CACI OF THE GUILFORD COALITION OF
NON PARTICIPATING RESIDENTS (GCNR). “THE HIGHBRIDGE PROJECT COMPLETELY SHORT CIRCUITED A PROPER REVIEW OF THE HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUES RAISED ABOUT THE PLANT’S SIGHT AND SOUND EMISSIONS KNOWN AS SHADOW FLICKER AND INFRASOUND, DESPITE DETAILED STUDIES SHOWING THAT THEY POSE POTENTIAL HEALTH ISSUES FOR NEIGHBORING RESIDENTS”. HER ORGANIZATION’S CO-LEADER BILL PRATT ADDS THAT “WHAT LITTLE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION WAS PREVIOUSLY ALLOWED BY THE ARTICLE 10 SITING BOARD OVER THESE MATTERS WILL NOW BE WIPED OUT BY THE CREATION OF A STATE APPOINTED “OFFICE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY SITING” (ORES) THAT WILL PRETEND TO HAVE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION, BUT IN REALITY IT CIRCUMVENTS HOME RULE GUARANTEED BY THE
CONSTITUTION. IT’S A SHAM PROCESS AND ANSWERABLE ONLY TO THE DICTATES OF THE GOVERNOR”.
QUITER SAYS THAT “ALL OF THESE PROBLEMS DEMONSTRATE WHY WE NEED A LOCAL REFERENDUM IN SUCH MATTERS SO THAT CITIZENS CAN HAVE A PROPER SAY AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THEY WANT THEIR TAX DOLLARS USED TO SUBSIDIZE A SCHEME THAT PROVIDES FEW LOCAL BENEFITS AND MASQUERADES AS GREEN ENERGY, BUT IN REALITY POSES NUMEROUS HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS TO OUR OWN COMMUNITY”.
DOES THIS LOOK LIKE COMPLIANCE TO YOU?
In spite of Guilford's extremely lenient and non-protective setback and height requirements written into their new "Alternate Energy Law", High Bridge Wind illustrates (in their own graphic submitted in their revised application) that they are NOT in compliance in several very important areas. See for yourself."
Please tell our government officials how you feel about Big Wind companies taking advantage of our communities. Follow these links to contact your government officials.
The Guilford Coalition of Non-Participating Residents (GCNR, The Coalition) is honored to represent our friends, neighbors and property owners in and around Guilford that are opposed to High Bridge Wind Industrial Wind Electric Generating facility being planned for our town.
We are entering the “home stretch” of our litigation efforts in the NYS Article 10 Process but there is still an ongoing legal effort that we must maintain in order to stay in the fight. It is anticipated that this will continue on into March of 2021 when a decision is rendered by the Siting Board. Additionally, depending on the Board’s decision, we are preparing to take the fight to the NYS Supreme Court of Appeals if necessary.
As in any legal litigation, it is a very costly endeavor. Funding is a critical and essential factor. We realize that 2020 has been a tough year financially for many folks. However, with the fate of our beautiful town lingering in the balance, we need to reach out to our supporters for help with a contribution to the Coalition’s legal fund. These contributions are used strictly for legal representation and costs of expert witnesses and testimonies as we prepare for the upcoming hearings. None of this goes towards local administrative costs. We are all volunteers and receive no compensation for our efforts.
We are asking you now to help us in our efforts to save Guilford and preserve our way of life by sending a check directly to our legal trust fund maintained by our legal representatives (do not send directly to the Coalition). Please make your check payable to “The Zoghlin Group” and mark in the note: For GCNR Trust. Send to: The Zoghlin Group at 300 State Street, Suite 502, Rochester, New York 14614. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at email@example.com. We thank you in advance for your generosity and support.
Col. (r) Jennifer Caci
Founding Partners, GCNR