“The regulations governing New York’s new green energy review process were written by a company whose clients include solar and wind power developers, according to a lawsuit filed last week.
The suit, filed by towns and citizen groups around the state – including the Western New York towns of Cambria, Somerset, Yates and Farmersville – seeks to invalidate the 143 pages of regulations adopted in March by the newly created Office of Renewable Energy Siting.
“They do not require that these projects are carefully reviewed for environmental impacts and community impacts,” said Kate Cremer, an attorney and vice president of Save Ontario Shores, a Somerset-Yates citizen group that joined the lawsuit.
The lawsuit, based on material gathered through Freedom of Information Law requests, contends that Tetra Tech, based in Pasadena, Calif., was hired to write the regulations because ORES lacked the personnel and expertise to do so.”
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Prohaska, Thomas.Buffalo News 5 July 2021.
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