The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a report today on 341 energy projects around the nation that the chamber says have been delayed by red tape (and are often opposed by environmental activists). The chamber’s website lists sixteen projects in New York State. It’s interesting that six of the sixteen are wind projects, including the proposed Adirondack Wind Energy Park near Gore Mountain.
Wind is usually seen as a clean alternative to burning fossil fuels, but even many environmentalists object to constructing giant turbines on rural landscapes. Just this morning, North Country Public Radio aired a story about the controversy over wind farms. Click here to listen.
The Adirondack Council opposes the wind farm near Gore, saying it would endanger birds, disturb wildlife, and mar the view from the Siamese Ponds Wilderness.
The chamber touts the economic benefits of the project: “According to the Barton Group, the project would create 60 construction jobs and then three or four jobs in the operation and maintenance phase. A project spokesperson said that the project may seek federal grants and might obtain stimulus dollars. As of February 2009, Adirondack Wind Partners and the Barton Group are working on a permit application and have completed a visual analysis and a bird and bat radar study, but they have ‘more work to do before they seek approval.’ Adirondack environmental groups are worried about the potential impact of the turbines on birds and wildlife in the area as well as their visual impact.”
Click here to see a state-by-state list of the projects.