Air Station Advocates Remain Skeptical about Lake Ontario Wind Farm

first_imgSupporters of Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station remain concerned about the potential for a proposed wind farm located 25 miles from the western New York base to interfere with flight training despite the reassurances of a former DOD official working for the developer.David Belote, who had been the first director of the Pentagon’s Siting Clearinghouse, told base supporters that defense officials believe the project on the shores of Lake Ontario would not interfere with military testing or training activities in the area. That conclusion followed an informal analysis by the clearinghouse.“They showed us some stuff that indicated they’re doing their due diligence. I don’t think they had anything definitive,” said John Cooper Sr., president of the Niagara Military Affairs Council.Belote said the project would not affect the installation’s C-130 operations or drone operations slated to come to the air reserve station soon.Installation advocates remain skeptical, however, reported the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal. DOD will not conduct a formal review of the project until Charlottesville, Va.-based Apex Clean Energy reveals the exact height and location of the turbines. Somerset Supervisor Dan Engert worries the DOD review doesn’t consider the same factors the department takes into account when it prepares its BRAC recommendations.“Neither an informal or the required formal review would ever answer the most pressing question facing Niagara County and our region, which is whether Lighthouse Wind would impact the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station encroachment score in future BRAC proceedings,” said Engert, who recently met with Belote.“The stakes are awfully high,” he said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img

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