Wind farms, military stations can co-exist peacefully

From the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Mailbag - nice letter, Mrs. Fisk!

I have been reading claims from people who are convinced the proposed Lighthouse Wind farm will shut down the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. It is important to be concerned for the air base because of the many benefits it brings to Western New York and the U.S. military. However, you don't have to look too far to know there are instances of wind farms built near military stations and some are significantly closer than the distance of Somerset to Niagara Falls.

I read recently that the Maple Ridge wind farm in Lewis County, New York, is 16 miles from the Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield in Fort Drum. Not only is it a shorter distance, but there are 195 wind turbines. The Lighthouse project is proposing 70 turbines at most.

I know the Maple Ridge wind farm is able to coexist with a military airfield that is closer in proximity and has more than double the amount of wind turbines. I also know the Lighthouse Wind project will be properly sited to accommodate the Air Reserve Station. The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station will not shut down because of a wind farm development 25 miles away.

Linda Fisk, Lyndonville