"ALBANY – The New York State Conservation Council is supporting legislation sponsored by Sen. George Borrello to ban wind turbines on New York’s lakes and bodies of freshwater.
Concerned about the threat the wind turbines pose to the environment, NYSCC Board Members voted to support Senator Borrello’s bill S.6314 and companion legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Brian Mankelow A.7756 during NYSCC’s May Board of Directors meeting
'The New York State Conservation Council has been fighting to protect our natural resources for 88 years,' Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, said. 'They recognize that once these wind turbines are forced into our lakes, the damage is done. I want to thank them for lending their voice to this fight and supporting my bill and its companion legislation sponsored by my colleague, Assemblyman Brian Mankelow.'
In their memorandum, NYSCC board members said they are concerned that the negative impacts of allowing wind turbines in New York’s lakes aren’t being considered. Their memo reads in part:
'Moving forward on the construction of offshore wind turbines at this time is little more than a best guess from insufficient information. This is a guess we cannot afford to be wrong about. It is essential to enact this proposed moratorium until such time as significant supportive data becomes available … The NYSCC believes that too little is currently known at this time to support the installation of wind turbines on Lake Erie and other bodies of water. Therefore, we support the proposed legislative moratorium.'"
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