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Wind project divides Brandon

From Lake Ontario to Lake Champlain, wind projects are dividing small towns struggling to balance the interests of town residents with the ambitious proposals brought by wind companies. Now, allegations of conflicts-of-interest in at least one Franklin County town have attracted the scrutiny of the district attorney and state investigators. Jacob Resneck reports.  Go to full article

Wind blows hot in Cape Vincent races

In Jefferson County, all county legislators are up for re-election, but only 4 of 15 districts have two candidates. In District 1, Michael Docteur, the incumbent Republican, faces a challenge from Democrat Michael Geiss. Democrat Dean Morrow is challenging Republican Phillip Reed in District 3. Republican Sarah Corey is trying to unseat Democrat Addie Jenne in District 4. And Republican Robert Boice faces a challenge from Democrat Doris McLallen in District 11. In the town of Cape Vincent, two proposed wind farms are generating hot races. The campaigns have centered on whether signing contracts to lease land for the wind turbines is a conflict of interest. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

More regulation for North Country wind industry?

An influential congressman from West Virginia could play a role in the North Country's growing wind industry. The Democrat who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee says the government should tighten regulations to protect birds, bats and other wildlife killed by the giant turbines. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Commentary: Learning to live with wind

We just heard some tips on how to live with blackflies. Commentator Gary Kelly has taken a lesson from another natural force -- the wind.  Go to full article

Lyme windmills on hold

Members of the town council in Lyme put a six-month moratorium on wind farms this week. It effectively puts the joint efforts of Cape Vincent and B-P to erect wind turbines in the area on pause. Jonathan Brown asked town supervisor Jim Golden why.  Go to full article

Green group opposes Indian Lake hydro project

A pro-environment group wants a say in the future of a hydro-electric project proposed for Indian Lake in Hamilton County. The Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks says it hopes to win "formal party status" from the Federal agency reviewing the project. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Alternative energy subsidies sound policy?

Americans are thinking more about energy. We're facing higher prices. There's worry about climate change. And there are questions about whether our need for foreign oil is forcing the country into wars in the Middle East. Even former oilman President Bush says we have to kick our addiction to oil. But what's the government doing about it? The Environment Report's Stephanie Hemphill looks at our national energy policy and its priorities.  Go to full article

Wind opponents sue in Clinton County

Wind power opponents have sued to block construction of a wind farm in Clinton County. The lawsuit says the towns of Altona, Clinton, and Ellenburg failed to conduct a complete environmental review. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Adk Wind Project Inches Forward

Developers of an industrial wind project near Gore Mountain in the Adirondacks won a small victory yesterday. The Adirondack Park Agency's board agreed that a new tower, designed to test wind strength, might be allowed to go forward. As Brian Mann reports, the APA staff and some environmental groups want the developers to submit a basic outline of the entire project.  Go to full article

APA Tests Wind In Park

A big crowd is expected in Ray Brook this morning, where the Adirondack Park Agency will take up a controversial plan to build a network of giant wind towers in Johnsburg. The project has strong local support, but has divided the environmental community. As Brian Mann reports, the decision is seen as a test case for the wind industry inside the Adirondack Park.

Other Key Agenda Items: The Park Agency has a busy schedule this week. They'll also consider two new subdivisions in North Elba, the town that includes Lake Placid. The projects would develop more than 650 acres with high-end luxury homes. Also, the APA is expected to cast a final vote on a new management plan for the St. Regis Canoe area, one of the most popular paddling destinations in the park. Tomorrow, the agency will discuss two controversial issues in the Park -- the height of new buildings and the state's policy for managing roads inside the forest preserve.  Go to full article

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