Turbine trouble in Niagara, Orleans Counties

Posted at 11:40 PM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-07 09:07:09-05

There's turbine trouble brewing in Niagara and Orleans Counties.

Local officials and residents fear a new wind farm will put the more than 3,000 full- and part-time jobs at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on the line.

Apex Clean Energy says their lighthouse wind project would not break ground until 2018 at the earliest, but already it's causing concern in Somerset and Yates.

Apex says the project calls for the installation of 60 to 70 wind turbines that would create enough clean energy to power 50,000 homes in the region. The turbines would be installed on private properties across Niagara and Orleans counties.

It's up to property owners to lease their land to Apex, but the plans are upsetting community members. They're worried the plans will have a negative impact on the environment, property values, and the air base.

According to the Town of Somerset, three retired command officers at the air base sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, expressing concern the turbines will interfere with military air traffic, and put the future of the station in jeopardy.




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