Supporters 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 AUTHOR
Kolkata: A West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) bus collided with a school bus under Kankurgachi rail bridge on Wednesday morning injuring five students less than 13 years of age. All of them were rushed to ESI Hospital near the HUDCO crossing where the doctors treated and discharged them.According to police sources, an empty WBTC bus that was being used for Gangasagar pilgrims was headed towards Maniktala from Kankurgachi. At the same time, a school bus full of students of a private English-medium school in the Ruby Park area was also headed towards Kankurgachi. Under Kankurgachi rail bridge, the WBTC bus hit the right portion of the school bus as a result of which five students fell inside the bus and got injured. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalOn-duty traffic police personnel rushed to the spot and evacuated the students. With assistance from locals, police rushed the injured students to ESI hospital. Meanwhile, the school authority was informed and another bus was arranged. After a while, the other school bus arrived and picked up the other students and dropped them at school. They were all taken for a check-up to a local hospital but none was found to be injured. Later, police seized both the buses and detained the drivers. Both the buses were removed to Phoolbagan police station. A case against the offending WBTC bus driver was initiated on charges of rash driving or riding on a public way (279 IPC) and causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others (338 IPC).