Saturday, May 31, 2008

The EMINENT DOMAIN You Tube Videos are Available

The EMINENT DOMAIN You Tube Videos are now posted on the web and available to be viewed from the Cohocton Wind Watch site.

Visit and click on the links from the right column under the EMINENT DOMAIN logo.

If you want to bookmark all the You Tube Videos from the Prattsburgh Public Hearing,
go to:

The You Tube EMINENT DOMAIN Public Hearing Prattsburgh, NY url is:

For viewing the EMINENT DOMAIN Prattsburgh Law Meeting, go to:

The You Tube EMINENT DOMAIN Law Meeting Prattsburgh, NY url is:

CWW has received inquires on how to help.

The following is a recap:


Edward D. Cerra of Dillenbeck Road was kind enough to provide the following summary of the May 22 Public Hearing in Prattsburgh concerning condemnation proceedings against the remaining property owners who have resisted signing easements for Windfarm Prattsburgh.

Due to the large attendance, the meeting was held at the town fire hall, which was full to near capacity.

After a recap by First Wind on the proposed location and properties involved, residents and owners were allowed three minutes each to voice their opinions.

There is no doubt that the eminent domain issue has fueled a larger controversy than the wind turbine project itself. There were a handful of supporters of the turbines, one of which sold a parcel of land to First Wind for double its appraised value. Other supporters live in the town proper and are not directly affected by the construction or the site of the turbines, and they do not pay the largest share of the property tax base.

The majority of those in attendance were, by far, opposed to the eminent domain issue, evidenced by both by their comments and the outbursts and applause of the crowd. Resident after resident lambasted the board for their willingness to accept First Wind's request, as speaker after speaker reminded the board that they work for the residents and property owners, not for First Wind. Many land owners, who are not residents and whose land is directly affected by the eminent domain issue, spoke out about the irresponsibility of the board. All were notified by certified mail by UPC regarding the eminent domain meeting on April 22nd, but these letters arrived one day before the meeting….too late to travel and attend.

Many residents accused the board of profiting from the project and not doing enough research to acquire the knowledge of a project of this magnitude. Some even compared it to Rochester's Fast Ferry project, which is still being paid by the taxpayers of NY. The only board members who had the sense enough to vote NO ( Mr. Kula and Mr. Shick) until more facts could be brought to the table, were out voted by Supervisor McConnell, and board members Stacey Bottoni and Sharon Quigley at last month's meeting. Residents were not allowed to speak at that meeting.


The Board has to publish its "findings and determinations" within 90 days of the hearing. The determination and findings must sets forth:

1. The public use to be served
2. The reason for the location
3. The general effect
4. Other relevant factors.

If, as expected, the Board "finds" to condemn the properties, the "condemnees" have 30 days from the "notice of publication" to appeal. People from all across the state have been sending financial and emotional support to help those whose land is threatened. All donations should be sent to Advocates for Prattsburgh Box 221, Prattsburgh NY 14873

Inquiries should be directed to Nancy Wahlstrom (607) 522-4418

In the wind: Eminent domain proceedings

Article from the Daily Messenger, Thursday, May 29th

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Wind farm opponents demand investigation

Article from May 12 Daily Messenger

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Patience wears thin in Iberdrola bid

For those of you that did not read yesterday's article in the D & C, just click on the link below

This is the article from May 22, 2008

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Is the PSC looking out for the Consumer?

Here is a link from the May 11th, 2008 Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, NY) Letters to the Editor section submitted by one of our NVBHA members. Your comments to the D&C are appreciated and can help our cause.

Here is text from the editorial -

PSC looking out for the consumer

Regarding Iberdrola's proposed acquisition of Energy East, the Public Service Commission is doing exactly what it was mandated to do by the state Legislature. That is, to keep control of electricity distribution separate from electricity generation — Iberdrola's wind developments.

Industrial wind power has not lived up to its claims in real- world operation. Conventional power plants must be kept on constant standby — using fossil fuel and emitting carbon dioxide — for when the wind doesn't blow. No green benefit there. Actual electricity production averages 15 percent to 30 percent of capacity at best. Wind power is unreliable, unpredictable and expensive, with many negative effects. Go to for a real eye-opening experience.

Iberdrola will be making far more money than it will be investing in New York and taking those profits out of the United States. The PSC is protecting the common citizens' interests, not that of big business.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Please Join us on Sunday

The Citizen Power Alliance has organized a state wide gathering at Letchworth Park. Many similar organizations from across the state and some politicians have been invited to attend.

The Citizen Power Alliance picnic and working session will begin for early birds arriving at 10:00 AM. The main meeting will get underway shortly after NOON and should last till dinner time. (5-6:00 PM) Please bring your own picnic food, beverage & utensils.

There will be plenty of time to socialize and getting acquainted, but for the Citizen Power Alliance to become a force within New York State, functional organizing roles and practical ways of achieving needed objectives must be developed.

Directions to Letchworth State Park - Middle Falls Pavilion - can be found on:

This site provides a Google map so that everyone can map from where they are coming from. Once they are near the area then they would take route #436, take a right onto Denton Corners Rd. to the CASTILE ENTRANCE to the Park (this is the South West Entrance) the Middle Falls Pavilion is approximately 1-1/2 to 2 miles inside the park. This is the closest Entrance to Middle Falls Pavilion. Vehicle Fee at the Gate is $6.00 Phone Letchworth Park is 585-493-3600.

The Citizen Power Alliance is a coalition of independent groups organized to promote sound energy and environmental policy. CPA holds public officials and regulators accountable, while seeking the protection of the public interest.

Call if you have any questions, (585) 534-5581.

Please visit these links for more information

Hope to see you on Sunday at Letchworth at the Middle Falls Pavilion!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Sunday, May 4, 2008

UPC/First Wind has two projects in Ontario County

Note from this D&C article the following: They include plans by Massachusetts-based First Wind for two projects in Ontario County

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