Author: Janet Lenichek, Executive Committee, Sierra Club Niagara Group

Republicans Lynne Dixon and John Mills have submitted a resolution to the Erie Co. Legislature to BAN all wind turbine projects either in Lake Erie or along the shores of Lake Erie in Erie County. Diamond Energy has been doing some exploratory meetings, etc. to determine if they want to propose a wind turbine project off the shores of Erie County. There is no official project yet.

Despite this, Republicans want to completely stop any possibility of such developments. A small, vocal group of citizens who reside in the Town of Evans are in favor of this outright ban. The Sierra Club, Citizens Campaign for the Environment and organized labor in the construction trades are opposed to an outright ban or blanket moratorium on wind turbines. They would like to have the County and State of NY review each project that is proposed and wait until the environmental and economic studies are completed (as par of the Article 10 process) before decisions are made either way about siting of wind turbine projects. This is a controversial topic, but the public is largely unaware of the debate.  [ Read More ]