STATUS: In progress
OPPOSITION: Local residents of Chipmonk; Concerned Citizens of Cattaraugus County
BACKGROUND: In August 2008, Everpower Renewables submitted an application for a 32-wind turbine project at Chipmonk Ridge. The Allegany Town Planning Board decided in November 2008 that the proposed wind turbine project will have an environmental impact. That decision furthered the environmental review process.
Some local residents have expressed concerns with the wind turbine project and are troubled over the "daytime shadow flicker" when the sun hits the turning rotors, the possible effects on children and those affected with post-traumatic stress syndrome. Other troubling aspects include the lighted turbines at night and its affect on driving, as well as safety concerns over ice throw off the wind turbines.
In response to local concerns, Everpower Renewables proposedreducing the number of turbines to 29, and shift their locations to more remote areas in the community.
In addition, a petition addressing noise concerns was presented to the planning board by attorney Gary Abraham, who represents the Concerned Citizens of Cattaraugus County group. The group was also concerned that the wind farm would create aesthetic and environmental issues for the community.
On April 20, 2010, a public hearing was held on the proposed project. Thirty-eight of the thirty-nine people who spoke during the meeting spoke out against the project. The event was conducted by the Allegany Planning Board to gather comments from the community regarding the draft environmental-impact statement for the Allegany Wind LLC Project. The comment period closed May 3, 2010. The timetable for the process after the comment period is uncertain, though according to EverPower's Web site, construction is still scheduled for 2010.
SOURCES: Olean Times Herald: http://www.oleantimesherald.com/articles/2009/01/29/editorial/doc498200e87f9ca080534903.txt; http://www.oleantimesherald.com/news/article_8cc12c3f-fdf8-5049-b49c-f75d8710ac76.html; http://www.oleantimesherald.com/news/article_227f9f78-5f34-589e-9655-71bd9dd99304.html; http://www.oleantimesherald.com/news/article_b252f354-4b56-529f-890d-e113d1827a94.html;
Bradford News: http://www.bradfordnews.net/4092;
The Bona Venture: http://media.www.thebv.org/media/storage/paper1111/news/2010/03/26/News/Town-Of.Allegany.To.Install.Wind.Turbines-3895381.shtml
Last updated November 22, 2010