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Cape Vincent, Lyme to meet with BP on wind project

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After the energy company BP proposed a new wind project that would affect the Jefferson County towns of Cape Vincent and Lyme, the town of Cape Vincent passed strict new regulations for commercial wind turbines.

Now BP has begun seeking state review under the Article X law. That process could bypass local laws, if they're deemed "unreasonable." The company has called a meeting with town officials, set for Tuesday night.

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Joanna Richards
Watertown Correspondent

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Town officials say they don't know exactly what to expect from the meeting. BP has had no contact with Cape Vincent officials for months.

The town is considering this a very, very, very significant meeting. -Bob Brown, Cape Vincent Town Planning board
Bob Brown co-chairs the town Planning Board, and says BP hasn't "shared anything with us ahead of time." But he says the town is considering this "a very, very, very significant meeting."

Cape Vincent town officials will be joined by the Lyme Town Council, since transmission lines for the proposed project would run through that town.

Article X requires BP to have a public involvement plan. But the state said the company didn't involve the public enough its first time around. Brown thinks the meeting Tuesday night is part of the company's efforts to revise that plan.

But Brown says town officials intend to use the meeting to send a clear message to BP: "Cape Vincent is not an appropriate place to have a large, industrial wind farm."

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the town's Recreation Hall on James Street. Officials predict a huge turnout.

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