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March 7, 2008

March 18 Meeting Will Address Wind Power Transmission Line Issues

PULASKI - Landowners from Oswego and Jefferson counties will be able to learn more about a proposed new electrical transmission line at an informational meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Broad Street, Pulaski.

The meeting, which is open to the public, is hosted by the Oswego County Legislature, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, and the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Matt Brower, agricultural resources specialist from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, is the featured speaker.

“The purpose of the workshop is to inform agricultural landowners about issues related to new transmission lines, such as routing and structure type, and impacts to farm operations,” said Oswego County Legislature Chairman Barry Leemann, District 4, Parish and Amboy. Legislature Chairman Leemann said that landowners in Oswego and Jefferson counties have been contacted by land agents representing Upstate NY Power Corporation, indicating the company's interest in buying a right-of-way for a transmission line. The line would run from the Town of Hounsfield in Jefferson County to Parish, and would carry power generated at a wind farm planned for Galloo Island.

“We want to make sure that our Oswego County farmers can make intelligent and informed decisions about selling a right-of-way on their property,” said Paul Forestiere II, executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County. “Power transmission lines can adversely impact agricultural land if not installed correctly. Landowners who are in agricultural districts need to be aware of their rights so they can make well-informed decisions when negotiating with the power company.”

Brower has advised and assisted agricultural landowners on similar issues across New York State.

For information contact Al Womack, agricultural economic development educator, at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, phone 963-7286, ext. 202.

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