To the Editor:
It’s not too late to save home rule in New York, but it will be soon! Residents, counties, towns, and villages need to act now to preserve local control of our landscapes, resources, and lives.
At the last minute on Friday, Nov. 13, the deadline for comments on draft regulations from the New York State Office of Renewable Energy Siting was extended from Nov. 16 until Dec. 7.
These proposed rules do more than just suggest where industrial-scale wind, solar, and battery-energy storage facilities might be placed. If passed, this new state office will control the siting, design, construction, operation, environmental review, and permitting of these projects. Weak controls on noise, vibration, and setbacks would become law.
Many more threats lie within these documents, including references to projects within the Adirondack Park, eminent domain for some developers, as well…