Friday, August 26, 2016


Raise up your voices

Outside Looking In
Watertown Daily Times


Perry White
City Editor

published: August 26, 2016

Let’s start with this premise (as our governor has): to save our planet, we should be developing and deploying energy sources that will gradually replace the most dangerous polluters, starting with coal (“clean coal” is the best punch line ever perpetrated on the public).Continue reading via this link to the Watertown Daily Times

Allegations of DEC bias on Galloo Island wind project receive mixed responses

Watertown Daily Times
By MARCUS WOLF FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2016


Accusations of bias toward the state Department of Environmental Conservation have brought sharp criticism, but local stakeholders supported DEC’s decision to continue participating in the Article 10 process for Apex Clean Energy’s Galloo Island Wind project.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Upstate Power Play

Governor Cuomo’s renewable-energy push gets dirty.


Robert Bryce
July 28, 2016                         Infrastructure and energy ; New York


New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s renewable-energy ambitions are running headlong into the hard realities of maintaining a reliable electric grid. On July 8, the New York Independent System Operator, the agency charged with managing the state’s grid, provided comments on the governor’s plan to require utilities to get 50 percent of their electricity from renewables by 2030. The NYISO maintains that to keep the lights on, the state will have to spend heavily on new transmission infrastructure to accommodate more renewables, preserve all of its nuclear capacity (including the controversial Indian Point Energy Center), and build even more onshore wind-energy capacity in upstate communities. Five days after the NYISO filed its comments, Cuomo’s energy czar, Richard Kauffman, fired off an angry—and rather bizarre—letter to Brad Jones, the NYISO president and CEO. Calling the grid operator’s comments “misleading, incomplete, and grossly inaccurate,” Kauffman claimed that the NYISO showed “an alarming lack” of understanding of “how a modern grid can be developed and operated.”  Continue reading via this link to City Journal.com 




Sunday, August 21, 2016

Full of wind: State DEC improperly collaborated with Galloo Island projects

PUBLISHED: WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES  SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2016  

Rather than serving its mandatory role as a regulatory agency weighing the pros and cons of proposed wind projects in the north country, the state Department of Conservation collaborated with developers in promoting their value.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Former DEC biologist claims department’s bias in wind projects


Monday, August 15, 2016

A case for Recusal of the Dept. of Environmental Conservation From the Article 10 Process.


This letter to the Public Service Commission Outlines Conflicting environmental policies that exist within the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.  

Attorney, town supervisors host meeting on Article 10


By MARCUS WOLF
Watertown Daily Times
PUBLISHED: MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 2016  AT 12:30 AM

SYRACUSE — Attorney Dennis C. Vacco from Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP and the town supervisors for Clayton and Somerset, Niagara County, hosted a meeting to inform municipal leaders about local responses to state Article 10 reviews of proposed power generation projects.


Monday, August 8, 2016


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is expanding its national marine sanctuary program.


Shipwrecks are a big draw for divers and tourists in the great lakes. Now – for the first time in 20 years -- more communities are getting help in preserving and showing off their underwater treasures. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is expanding its national marine sanctuary program. For Oswego and other communities on the Great Lakes, that designation would bring federal funding and a boost to tourism. Continue reading via this link to WRVO public media