About Chloe Bennett

Chloe Bennett is a climate change reporter based in Lake Placid, NY. Originally from North Texas, Chloe has always been drawn to the natural world. In 2022, she graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY where she focused on environmental reporting and audio production. She grew a deep appreciation for the Adirondack Park while interning for the Explorer in the summer of 2022.

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  1. Texanite says

    Oh please. Effects on wildlife? From a battery that sits there inertly? Pretty weak. This is the future. Lead, follow, or get out of the way.

  2. Jim Blanchard says

    This is the United States of America, not some 3rd world dictatorship! The Town Board and the will of the people has to prevail. We have no intention of ‘getting out of the way’! Those that want it in their community can put it in their own backyard.
    Raquette Lake is a small community in the center of the pristine 6 million acre Adirondack Park, protected by the Adirondack Park Agency. Raquette Lake watershed goes all the way to the St. Lawrence River.
    This type of ill advised installation should never have gotten this far along that we have spend our time, money and efforts, and considerable angst, to resist an attempt to force it on us! It is not environmentally correct, especially in the proposed heavily wooded residential location within the Hamlet and near the lake. In case of any failure and fire, & resulting toxic fumes, it would threaten our community and residents; our small fire dept and ambulance service should not have to deal with protection of lives and environment involved. The project is not responsibly cost effective for the consumer and a huge waste of capital that should be better directed or not spent!

    Jim Blanchard – Resident

  3. Mary Blanchard says

    The proposed location for this is wrong on every level. These are 12 tractor trailer size lithium battieries. Just one of them catching fire would be devastating.
    Lithium battery fires are very difficult to extinguish.
    We are a tiny community with a volunteer fire department of 5 active members. The nearest neighboring fire station is 10 – 12 miles in either direction.
    It would burn surrounding forest, and as dry as this spring has been, it would be devasting to the forest, feasibly for miles. Look at the wildfires out west and note the devastation of forests and land for miles!!!
    There are also many homes at the end of this narrow county road and in the event of a fire, they would be stranded with no egress.
    These are just a few of the reasons that this should NOT be placed in Raquette Lake, nor IMO, anywhere in the Adirondack Forest Preserve.

  4. Deb Evans says

    Nyserda itself in a pro bess video states bess should be located in industrial zones area away from residential area.proposed site is in the hamlet, bordered by state forest and residential and lake/ watershed is downslope. Adk is no place for a bess.

  5. Dr. Jack Carney says

    Kudos to the Long Lake Town Board for listening to the outcry from Raquette Lake residents opposing the continued construction in the hamlet of what’s now been termed the “Battery Farm”.
    As per my understanding, the Town of Long Lake, in the person of the Board, must grant a permit to National Grid to allow continued construction. It now appears certain the Board will not grant such a permit. To date, so far as I know, the National Grid has not submitted a request for one. Despite NG’s bravado, it remains to be seen whether it will do so.
    In any event, the struggle continues. There’s too much money at stake — upwards of $50 M, accorrding to the National Grid itself.

  6. Sera Hovanec says

    I hope they can stop the battery farm. It is the WRONG location. As you read about last week (June 30) down in Westchester County, their residents had no idea such a place was built near their homes, until it caught fire from a storm. Many toxins were found in the air and the local Town Supervisor made a cautionary plea: “I think the state of New York, which is promoting this, needs to take a step back and say we need to evaluate safety protocols, locations, and all of those issues,” said Warwick Town Supervisor Mike Sweeton.


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