The vast areas of farm land and hundreds of miles of scenic shoreline that distinguish the north country are the target of the insatiable political demand for green electricity. The pressure upon those whose lives are intertwined with those potential wind and solar factory farms is intense.
Here in the north country, Lewis County has hosted a massive array of wind turbines known as Maple Ridge for more than a decade. Now the region is the target for more wind projects. The 39-turbine project at Deer River is marching toward approval before the state Public Service Commission. The Galloo Island and Horse Creek projects now face the recently enacted Article 10 permitting process.
In southern Jefferson County and eastern Oswego County, Atlantic Wind LLC is proposing a turbine project in the heart of the Tug Hill. The Mad River project calls for 125 turbines, more than three times the number proposed at Galloo and only 14 fewer than at the Maple Ridge site. Some people fear that Mad River might be expanded to cover a much larger region of the Tug Hill Plateau.
The proposed North Ridge wind project is facing intense opposition from the... more ....
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