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. Lonngtime RLer says

    I think its safe to say that 95% of Raquetteers oppose this BESS and will do all in our power to be sure it never becomes reality in Raquette Lake. Why National Grid continues to pursue it one really wonders. Is it perhaps a money making proposition, rather than a solution to a few energy interruptions? Must be a reason. It’s certainly not any kind of “green” project. Go away!

    • Paul says

      How do you know? I hope you are not basing that 95% on a few vocal critics that have a lot of free time to comment on websites. Put it up for a vote for full time residents in RL. Just to be sure you don’t have a few people calling all the shots.

    • Mike Bopp says

      This project was initiated to alleviate the not-infrequent power outages in the area. Do you have any other proposal to deal with this issue? Maybe a bank of Diesel generators, but apparently you would rather maintain the status quo of an unreliable grid.

    • Rob says

      Not everyone is against this project. Spent time in the tap room recently. Not everyone is against this from talking to people in there.

  2. Jack Carney says

    I agree with you, CR. Ms. Bennett’s article reads like a paen to Gov. Hochul — she
    begins her article with a review of Hochul’s presumed safety concerns and her recent establishment of another bureaucratic entity — the Inter-Agency Fire Safety Working Group. Which should have been in place from the git-go and which we can anticipate will downplay the dangers to the North Country so well illustrated by the battery fires last month in Lyme and Warwick. Which will allow the Governor to proceed with her multi-million dollar project, with much if not all of those dollars designated for the large electric utility companies she has recruited for the project.
    Rather should the Governor take a page from Long Lake’s response by calling a halt, a moratorium, to all new battery storage construction, and by instructing her new Safety Group, as their first and immediate task, to conduct a state-wide inspection of all currently battery storage facilities. With no public mission to which it and Hochul can be held accountable, this “safety” agency will serve as public cover for the Governor to allow continuation of battery storage construction and operation as usual.
    Bottom line, the construction and operation of battery storage facilities should be regarded as an experiment given lithium ion batteries’ volatility and the paucity of proven information we have about their safety. The immediate remedies — stop all planned construction; conduct an immediate safety review off all operating facilities and shut down those whose safety appears suspect; begin an immediate study or experimental period to gather data to ascertain what battery-safe operation means and requires.
    My own estimation of Hochul is that she’s not to be trusted on this issue: she appears to have too much personally invested in the operation of these storage systems throughout the State as a means of burnishing her sparse environmental credentials; and too much money is involved and has been held out as an incentive to the utility companies to maintain their involvement. In comparison, virtually no attention has been paid to the safety of NYS residents. We must remember that Hochul is a politician who tosses about taxpayer money in a cavalier manner calculated to seal a deal between her donors and herself. I’ll never forget the $half-billion she handed over to her political crony billionaire in Buffalo so he could build his new stadium. And just very recently, her campaign fund received checks totaling $119,000 from the nursing home industry the day before new legislation reducing the state nursing home regulation was presented to her for signing.
    Frankly, it would have been helpful if Ms. Bennett had included an examination of these factors in her article, ie, a little investigative journalism, since they serve as barriers to meaningful action by the Governor to ensure public safety and as indicators that any promises made by her are to met with our skepticism.

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