Executives of the company that wants to construct 47 wind turbines near Lake Ontario call the reported level of local opposition to the project exaggerated. Town officials said the opposition runs as strong as ever, and they will continue to fight the Lighthouse Wind project through the state siting board process. Paul Williamson, senior development manager for Apex Clean Energy, told The Buffalo News' Editorial Board on Wednesday that the company is willing to divide $1.5 million a year among the six taxing entities — two towns, two school districts and two counties — affected by the project. All of them are on record opposing the project. Landowners can expect $3,000 to $150,000 a year for leases of turbine sites, depending on the size of their parcels and the number of turbines on a lot, Williamson said. "The local community gets a windfall," Williamson said. "You could almost say it's a local imperative." Surveys in 2015 showed two-thirds of property owners in … [Read more...] about Lake Ontario wind power developer downplays critics, promises ‘windfall’ for community
Susie Wyshak/(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. This story was originally published by High Country News. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The West’s farmers had plenty to worry about before the government shutdown. “There are so many uncertainties already,” explained Dena Hoff, who raises sheep and grows beans, corn, and tomatoes outside Glendive, Montana. Farmers, she said, already contend with unknowns like “weather craziness,” climate change, and poor markets. Now, as the partial shutdown plods into its fourth week, farmers and ranchers across the West find themselves facing one more uncertainty: whether they can keep relying on key US Department of Agriculture services. For example, nearly 35,000 farms received loans last year from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency to buy land, seed, livestock and other vital supplies. The FSA provided nearly $2.2 … [Read more...] about Trump Tried to Defend the Shutdown In Front of Farmers. They’re Still Feeling the Consequences.
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ call last week for eight board members of the South Florida Water Management to resign marks the first time a governor has attempted to make such a sweeping change to one of the state’s five water agencies, say longtime state water experts.“I thank you for your service ... but it is time for a clean reset on the leadership of the board,” DeSantis wrote in a letter to the board members he wanted gone. Given the voters' support for his environmental proposals, he wrote, “I look forward to reconstituting the board.”PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Gov. DeSantis demands water agency board resign.“This is unprecedented,” said Estus Whitfield, who served as environmental adviser to four governors.DeSantis, who on the campaign trail repeatedly blasted the industry known as Big Sugar, had asked water district board members in December to postpone a vote on extending a sugar company lease for land needed for Everglades restoration. He wanted … [Read more...] about DeSantis demand for water agency resignations is the first one in 32 years
0 Post a comment Thursday, 17 January 2019 - Environment by The iomtoday newsdesk - Reporter [email protected] The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for ice. The forecast:Cold and clear to start with some icy patches. Fine and sunny day thereafter with a strong northerly wind, easing through the day. Maximum temperature 6°C but feeling much colder than that with significant wind chill.This evening frost and ice risk developing quickly and also through the early hours of tomorrow with cloud tending to thicken more generally by the end of the period. Light and variable winds, increasing to fresh to strong and from the south by dawn Friday.Cloudy and dry start to Friday with patchy rain approaching from late morning, and persisting for much of the rest of this period. This may initially fall as sleet over higher ground. Moderate to fresh south or southeasterly wind and a maximum temperature of 7°C and feeling less cold than today. Add Comment … [Read more...] about Yellow weather warning for ice
A traditional celebration of the start of the agricultural year was held at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on Sunday.A plough and tractor were blessed in the cathedral garth, in Bury St Edmunds, to mark Plough Sunday.The blessing took place following the afternoon choral evensong service, when prayers were said by agricultural chaplain Canon Sally Fogden.Canon Philip Banks, cathedral precentor, said: "It is a tradition to use this Sunday to give thanks for this important part of Suffolk’s economy and the people who work in all weathers to bring food to our tables."The farming equipment is owned by the Duke of Grafton and was supplied through Andrew Blenkiron, director of the Euston Estate and vice-chairman of Suffolk NFU.NFU representatives and members of the farming community were also invited to the service.- For full report and more pictures, see Friday's Bury Free Press … [Read more...] about Plough and tractor blessed at annual St Edmundsbury Cathedral service