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Save The River Comments on Wind Projects

June 29th, 2009 | Posted by admin

Save The River has been keeping close tabs on the many wind energy projects in development throughout the St. Lawrence River valley. Recently, Save The River submitted comments during the most recent round of review for the St. Lawrence Wind project proposed by Acciona Energy in the Town of Cape Vincent.

In our comments on the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS), we raise significant concerns about the lack of depth and breadth of the environmental impact studies and overall site review process of the proposed project.

Specifically, Save The River highlighted deficiencies in the following areas of the SDEIS:

  • Integrating relevant regional and local agency expertise to the fullest extent possible;
  • Conducting long-term pre-construction studies;
  • Conducting thorough bird and bat studies;
  • Rigorous review requirements via the SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review) process; and
  • Visual impact analysis.

As a result of the above deficiencies, Save The River strongly recommends that the Town of Cape Vincent Planning Board require Acciona Energy, the developer of the St. Lawrence Wind Project, to take additional time to continue to review the environmental impacts of this project.

Read Save The River’s full letter here.

Save The River’s Position on Development of Wind and other Alternative Energy Projects

As communities along the River grapple with the many difficult questions surrounding wind energy development projects, many people have asked us about Save The River’s stance on wind energy.

Save The River supports alternative energy development, including wind power, in the St. Lawrence River watershed. However, the impacts of such projects must be thoroughly evaluated in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations. Additionally, projects must be planned and sited so that potential ecological damage to the River and its watershed is minimized.

Earlier Letters and Recommendations

Save The River has submitted several formal comment letters to local agencies reviewing wind energy projects in the region including:

Comments on Horse Creek (Clayton) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (6/14/07)

Commentss on St. Lawrence Wind (Cape Vincent) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (6/14/07)

Comment on BP (Cape Vincent) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (2/29/08)

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