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Thursday, December 3, 2015

BARKER -- Save Ontario Shores (SOS), will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Barker Fire Hall, 1660 Quaker Road. to provide Orleans and Niagara county residents to discuss plans by Apex to install as many as 70 industrial wind turbines in the towns of Yates and Somerset.

SOS describes itself as "a citizens coalition formed to address threats to the health, safety and welfare of residents regarding the industrial wind turbines, including sound emitting from the turbines; change to the rural nature of the area with the addition of turbines; potential health risks for those within earshot of the turbines; effect on wildlife, local businesses and those who spend the majority of their time outside, including farm stand owners, farmers and lake shore residents."

Among the speakers will be Somerset Supervisor Dan Engert; John Riggi, SOS president and Yates council member-elect; Jim Simon, Yates supervisor-elect; and former New York State Attorney General Dennis Vacco.

Residents will be updated on the filing of the Preliminary Scoping Statement for the project, and what it means to local taxpayers. Potential impacts on the future of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base will also be discussed.

Standing nearly 600 feet, the industrial wind turbines would be the tallest in New York State, easily over shadowing every building in Western New York, including the 38-story One Seneca Tower (529 feet) in downtown Buffalo. The turbines would also be taller than the Washington Monument (555 feet) and twice the height of the Statue of Liberty (305 feet, base to torch).

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