NYS DEC issues Galloo Island environmental scoping document

Galloo Island wind environmental scoping document available

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) final environmental scoping document for this wind farm project in the Town of Hounsfield (Jefferson County), filed under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), is available online.

Upstate NY Power Corp intends to place up to 84 wind turbines on Galloo Island in Lake Ontario with nameplate generation capacity up to 269 megawatts. The scoping document comprises 40-pages of detailed requirements but indicates that an underground transmission line necessary to be constructed for the project is not subject to SEQRA review. The transmission line will receive Article VII review from the New York Public Service Commission (PSC). The NYS DEC asserted itself lead agency for environmental review of the wind project over the objection of the Town of Hounsfield Planning Board.

Watertown Daily Times (9/30) article on the NYS DEC document here.

Where is Galloo Island you ask? Right here.

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