District opposes turbines on Lake Erie

The North Chautauqua County Water District has gone on record as being strongly opposed to the installation of wind turbines on Lake Erie in a Thursday letter sent to County Executive PJ Wendel.

Fredonia anti-wind power activist Mark Twichell provided a copy of the letter to the OBSERVER.

“The NCCWD is concerned that the water quality from Lake Erie should not be impacted by the potential for pollutants entering the water from the construction and operation of wind turbines in the waters of Lake Erie,” the letter states.

The district is supplied by the city of Dunkirk, which gets the water from Lake Erie.

“The NCCWD and city of Dunkirk provides drinking water to over 20,000 residents, two public school districts, a state prison, a regional hospital and many large industrial food processors in the region,” the letter continues.

“Clean water is essential to our region and the potential to negatively impact that water quality would have devastating effects on our regional economy and the health of our citizens.”

The letter is signed by Richard Purol, water district chairman and town of Dunkirk supervisor. It states “the members of the entire NCCWD board” are represented.

Twichell said copies of the letter were also sent to the state Gov. Kathy Hochul, Sen. George Borrello and state Assemblyman Andrew Goodell.

In the meantime, the Citizens against Wind Turbines in Lake Erie will be having their fifth open meeting regarding the plan for 50 wind turbines in Lake Erie from Hamburg to Dunkirk on Monday, Dec. 5. The public is welcome to attend and find out how this will affect them

It will take place at the Southtowns Walleye Building, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. Doors open at 6 with the meeting starting a 6:30 p.m.

Those with question can call Sharen Trembath at 716-549-4330.


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