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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Donald Gilliland Previews Tomorrow's Potter Leader-Enterprise

By Donald Gilliland

This week’s Potter Leader-Enterprise contains a special 14-page Graduation Special that includes not only photos of local graduates, but also lists of award winners and copies of the top graduation speeches.

We have a full account of the official re-opening of Lyman Lake as well as the latest at press time about the possible drowning of a young man from Galeton.

We have details from the study commissioned by the state to determine whether or not the proposed wind farm in Ulysses Township will create light pollution that could interfere with stargazing at Cherry Springs.

The Potter County Commissioners have come out in support of creating a tax on the oil and gas exploration currently booming in Potter County.

Two men have been sentenced in separate cases for assaulting minor children.

The commissioners recap their five town meetings and announce they plan to hold ten more.

On sports , we have full coverage of the Potter County Marathon and a story about one girl’s attempt to raise money for kids less fortunate.

As always, there’s lots of local news and photos and four pages of outdoor news.

Anonymous said...

About the wind farm in Ulysses...

We had better wake up and find alternative energy people...guess people just like to complain about the higher costs of electric and pick apart EVERY alternative, (Not In My Back Yard?!)

This is why we are paying 4.12 for a gallon of gas and 4.999 for a gallon of diesel fuel.

It will only get worse as the utility companies keep going back to the PUC for permission to keep raising the charge for our use of their equipment to cover their cost of getting their goods to us!
Vicki Sherwood

Anonymous said...

About the wind farm......

light pollution all the way down to Cherry Springs?! Give me a break!! WAKE UP, IDIOTS!! The people who are against the wind mills obviously have enough money that they don't have to worry about gas! How selfish!

How about the new coal fired generation plant they are putting in Jamestown, NY.
upwind of Potter County, and the tire burning plant they want to put in Erie, Pa,
also upwind of Potter County??

Anonymous said...

I'm not familiar with either project, but my guess is that they will generate a lot more electricity more efficiently (maybe not the tire plant--don't know anything about that technology) closer to consumers who need it (more efficient distribution of electricity).

My hope with both projects is that they would utilize the best technology to minimize pollution. Here again, the tire burning plant maybe misguided as I believe the wind turbines are in Potter County. A tire burning plant sounds awful, but when I first heard about the wind turbines, I had a positive impression of them.

The first two commenters appeared to be strong proponents of industrial wind turbines because of how they would have a positive impact on the price of gas which is false...I don't even think they would have a positive effect on the price of electricity...probably the opposite.

If the argument is based on clean or green energy, then that's a more plausible argument, but Potter County residents really need to look at all of the environmental impacts of wind turbines. Fossil fuels are used to produce them, move them, construct them, etc...ample earth, vegetation is removed, etc...if they're genuinely a good thing and an efficient, beneficial source of electricity, one could argue they're worth it even if consumers/taxpayers have to pay a greater price through more $s and a negative impact on their quality of life. Personally, I don't see it that way.

All the folks in this debate should talk more about and practice more energy conservation, if concerns about pollution are really driving the push for wind factories.

The market is forcing more people/businesses to conserve, but some folks on both sides of this debate are fair-weather conservationists from my perspective. I certainly could be better at it too.

4 comments :

Anonymous said...

About the wind farm in Ulysses...

We had better wake up and find alternative energy people...guess people just like to complain about the higher costs of electric and pick apart EVERY alternative, (Not In My Back Yard?!)

This is why we are paying 4.12 for a gallon of gas and 4.999 for a gallon of diesel fuel.

It will only get worse as the utility companies keep going back to the PUC for permission to keep raising the charge for our use of their equipment to cover their cost of getting their goods to us!
Vicki Sherwood

Anonymous said...

About the wind farm......

light pollution all the way down to Cherry Springs?! Give me a break!! WAKE UP, IDIOTS!! The people who are against the wind mills obviously have enough money that they don't have to worry about gas! How selfish!

Anonymous said...

I'm in favor of a more respectful and rational discourse on this serious issue, so I'm not going to resort to name calling.

I would like one of the above commenters to explain how electricity generated by industrial wind turbines is going to impact the price of gas.

This is an extremely complicated issue. People residing in Potter County really need to get educated on it.

I'm not convinced that industrial wind turbines are cost-effective or efficient in producing electricity let alone have anything to do with the petroleum market.

If I'm missing something please clue me in.

A good question to ask...would the energy companies be building these 40 story towers if the federal government and state governments weren't mandating or hinting that they are going to mandate so much electricity within their respective boundaries needs to be generated from renewable sources by a certain date?

The true motive for the utility companies to build these wind factories is to stay in a very lucrative business, not because they think it will enable them offer "cheaper" electricity to consumers ("greener"--yes...maybe some good PR, but not "cheaper." In fact, wind energy appears to me to be extremely expensive (ask a wind developer about the cost of the turbines, construction, etc...). If anything this so-called green energy increases the price of electricity.

Anyway, Potter County residents and governmental officials need to educate themselves about the pros and cons of wind turbines.

Furthermore, it maybe wise to question the federal and state government policies and the policy makers that are behind Potter County having to face this issue at this time.

Anonymous said...

I'm not familiar with either project, but my guess is that they will generate a lot more electricity more efficiently (maybe not the tire plant--don't know anything about that technology) closer to consumers who need it (more efficient distribution of electricity).

My hope with both projects is that they would utilize the best technology to minimize pollution. Here again, the tire burning plant maybe misguided as I believe the wind turbines are in Potter County. A tire burning plant sounds awful, but when I first heard about the wind turbines, I had a positive impression of them.

The first two commenters appeared to be strong proponents of industrial wind turbines because of how they would have a positive impact on the price of gas which is false...I don't even think they would have a positive effect on the price of electricity...probably the opposite.

If the argument is based on clean or green energy, then that's a more plausible argument, but Potter County residents really need to look at all of the environmental impacts of wind turbines. Fossil fuels are used to produce them, move them, construct them, etc...ample earth, vegetation is removed, etc...if they're genuinely a good thing and an efficient, beneficial source of electricity, one could argue they're worth it even if consumers/taxpayers have to pay a greater price through more $s and a negative impact on their quality of life. Personally, I don't see it that way.

All the folks in this debate should talk more about and practice more energy conservation, if concerns about pollution are really driving the push for wind factories.

The market is forcing more people/businesses to conserve, but some folks on both sides of this debate are fair-weather conservationists from my perspective. I certainly could be better at it too.