We have officially formed a citizens coalition, Save Ontario Shores Inc., to address the concerns of the health, safety and welfare of the Town of Yates and Town of Somerset taxpayers and residents regarding the issue of permitting APEX industrial wind corporation to build as many as 70 industrial wind turbines in these rural towns. Concerns include sound emitting from the turbines 24 hours a day, change to the rural nature of the area with the addition of Industrial 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.
At heights of close to 600 feet, these would be the tallest wind turbines in New York State. They would exceed the height of the tallest buildings in Western New York cities like Buffalo and Rochester. They would be higher than the Washington Monument (555 feet) and twice the height of the Statue of Liberty. APEX has been in conversation with selected landowners for over a year; however, the larger town populations have only recently become aware of this plan to bring Industrial sized wind turbines to Orleans and Niagara counties. We believe that citizen questions, concerns, insight and research are essential to a thorough and honest decision as to whether the turbines should be permitted.