Friday, August 27, 2010

Hammond group calling for wind farm moratorium

Concerned Residents of Hammond is throwing its support behind Save the River's request for a three-year moratorium on industrial wind development along the St. Lawrence River.

The Hammond group said it also is endorsing the findings of a recently released report by ornithologists Gerald Smith and William Evans that suggests a moratorium is needed to study the effect of wind development on bird and bat populations on both sides of the river.

"Bats perform a huge service to the human population, as they are one of the first lines of defense against the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, as well as eastern equine encephalitis that is becoming a serious problem in areas just south of us in Oneida and Oswego counties, where they are now spraying toxic chemicals to help control the outbreaks," President Mary D. Hamilton said.

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