Resources and Sample Letters

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Factors involving wind turbines in Lake Erie

Use this document as a reference as to the factors involved with the proposed wind turbines in Lake Erie and our concerns about them.

Diamond Wind, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, along with other companies, are moving forward with plans to place massive wind turbines in New York State’s section of Lake Erie.  Here are our concerns: 

 

   Massive Industrial Project

  • Placement of up to 50 Industrial Wind Turbines from Buffalo to Dunkirk

  • 460’ Tall (or higher), as close as 2 miles from shore, 0.6 miles apart

  • Possible 3,200’ exclusion zone around each turbine.  No Fishing, No Recreation

  • Increased energy cost from $20/MWH to $95/MWH

  • High voltage cables to be buried in sediment

  • Power structures will be built to bring cables ashore to our towns

 

  Environmental Disaster

  • 21% of freshwater on the planet is found in the Great Lakes

  • Potential to contaminate drinking water for over 11 million people around Lake Erie

  • Construction will disturb and suspend polluted bottom sediments

  • May destroy fish habitat

  • Significant bird and bat mortality

  • Winter Ice and storms  may leak lubricants polluting our beaches and drinking water

  • Underwater archeological sites may be harmed

 

   Safety and Aesthetics

  • Border patrol RADAR effectiveness may be reduced

  • Possible placement near shipping lanes is dangerous

  • Our famous sunsets and lake views will be ruined

  • Property values and tourism values may decline

  • Do we know what the extreme winds and ice will do to wind turbines?

 

Lake Erie has suffered immensely at the hands of industrialization for over 100 years.  Now is the time to protect Lake Erie from further damage.  Demand Lake Erie stay free from development!

Sample Letter #1

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Dear         

Good morning to you!  Today I am writing to you to bring an awareness of a serious problem that is looming in our WNY community.  That is the placement of 50-100 Industrial Wind Turbines In Lake Erie.  Most Western New Yorkers do not know anything about this!  We need to get the word out with Bill Boards, Mailings and Lawn Signs to engage and educate our community.

 

Wind Turbines in Lake Erie would be a disaster because we obtain our drinking water from the Lake.  In fact over eleven million people do!  In that respect, water quality affects everyone, from residents to businesses, schools, industry, health care facilities, etc.  Virtually anywhere there is a water spigot, that water quality is dependent on that of Lake Erie.

 

There will also be a negative economic impact if Wind Turbines are placed in Lake Erie.  Tourism, Recreation, Fishing, Boating, Entertainment and Real Estate will all be negatively affected.  Placement 2-5 miles off shore and less than a mile apart will essentially create a wall of 400’-500’ eyesores creating navigational restrictions and aesthetic blight, lowering property value and the sea-scape beauty and blocking our sunsets!

 

Today, I am asking for your assistance and support to help the fight against placing Industrial Wind Turbines in Lake Erie!!  Our organization, Citizens Against Wind Turbines in Lake Erie (C.A.W.T.I.L.E) has been fighting this and previous attempts at placement of these turbines in Lake Erie for ten years!  We are a grass roots organization of diverse individuals ranging from industry professionals to aquatic experts to fishing charter captains to environmental activists!  Our group has done our homework and we are prepared to provide the evidence and research to demonstrate how this proposal will negatively impact our lake, its biology and our residents.  We have done all this with money out of our own pockets.  Will you please join us in this fight to prevent the installation of Wind Turbines in Lake Erie? 

Sincerely,

Sample Letter #2

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"Hello, I am wondering if you are aware of New York State's plan to install 50, 460' industrial wind turbines in Lake Erie from Hamburg to Dunkirk? Our group, the Citizens against Wind Turbines in Lake Erie, is trying to educate the public of the dangers of this potential destruction to our lake . It will change fishing, boating and possibly the shoreline forever.

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