JACOBS LAUNCHES EFFORT TO PREVENT WIND TURBINES IN GREAT LAKES

May 5, 2022 
Press Release

(Erie County, NY) – Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) introduced legislation aimed at blocking the development of industrial scale wind farms in the Great Lakes.

“The Great Lakes are a regional resource and economic driver. From providing fresh drinking water to millions of people to allowing for recreational and tourism activities – the health of our lakes is of paramount importance to our region’s long-term prosperity,” Jacobs said. “After spending decades cleaning the lakes of past pollutants, the prospect of large industrial construction to install wind turbines is a threat to our lakes’ health we cannot afford.”

Jacobs’ legislation would deny the ability for developers to receive federal tax credits to build offshore wind farms in the Great Lakes. Due to the massive capital needed for these projects, without federal tax credits, developing these projects would prove difficult.

“Offshore wind development has long been a goal of the out-of-touch politicians in Albany. Despite being from Western New York and supposedly understanding the importance of the lakes here, Governor Hochul’s budget this year allocated an additional $500 million for offshore turbine development,” Jacobs said. “We must reject this effort. I’m proud to lead this legislation to protect the Great Lakes, and I will continue my work to secure additional resources to ensure the long-term health of our lakes.”

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Canada, which had been under-funding the agreement for years, is now fully compliant

ANN ARBOR, MI—The Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Fishery Commission today applauded the Canadian government for including full funding to implement the 1954 Convention on Great Lakes Fisheries, a treaty between the two nations. Under the treaty, Canada and the United States agree to fund the Commission consistent with a funding formula. For several years, Canada had been under funding the Commission; such underfunding has undermined Great Lakes science, cross-border cooperation, and control of the invasive, destructive sea lamprey. With today’s Canadian budget, the two nations are now funding the Commission at the agreed-to level with the goal of protecting and improving the $7 billion Great Lakes fishery.

In 1954, Canada and the United States signed the Convention on Great Lakes Fisheries, a treaty that created the Great Lakes Fishery Commission (www.glfc.org). Both nations agreed to a formula to fund the Commission’s work, which includes supporting science for fishery management decisions; helping the states, the Province of Ontario, and the tribes coordinate their myriad fishery management policies; and carrying out a sea lamprey control program. Sea lampreys invaded the Great Lakes through shipping canals in the early 20th century and wreaked economic and ecological havoc. Each sea lamprey will kill up to 40 pounds of Great Lakes fish. The treaty requires the Commission to carry out a coordinated sea lamprey control program, which it does in partnership with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Today, thanks to the Commission’s programs, sea lamprey populations have been reduced by more than 90%, science underpins decisions, and the management agencies coordinate their actions.

“The treaty’s success has depended on both nations funding the Commission’s work,” said James McKane, the Commission’s vice-chair. “Prior to today’s budget, Canada had been contributing less than was required. The all-party Parliamentary Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Task Force, cochaired by Vance Badawey, MP and Senator Jane Cordy, has made Commission funding a top priority. The Great Lakes Fishery Commission appreciates Mr. Badawey’s and Senator Cordy’s leadership in securing these funds. I am now happy to have the ability to sit with my U.S. counterparts on this important commission as an equal partner. With full funding from Canada now secured, we are eager to ratchet up our work to improve and protect this incredible resource.”

Republished from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission

RE: STATEMENT ON SENATOR BORRELLO’S MORATORIUM – S.6314

I would like to whole-heartedly applaud State Senator George Borrello for his strong and proper stand in defense of NY's most precious natural resource - our fresh water - found in his bill to establish a permanent moratorium on Offshore Industrial Wind Turbine development in any fresh water body in NYS, including Lakes Erie and Ontario, bill S6314! The plight of our Great Lakes, a resource which contains 21% of the WORLD'S surface potable freshwater, is a long and sordid tragedy that reminds us all what happens when ignorance is favored over science and common sense. Starting shortly after the end of World War 1, and as the industrial revolution was hitting full swing, the Great Lakes, and other freshwater bodies across NY and indeed the United States, were viewed as nothing more than a place for effluence and dumping. Even though many thousands relied upon the Lakes and tributaries feeding them for drinking water, bathing water, irrigation water for crops, and used in the making of food and beverage products at diners and later off the store shelves, we continued on dumping industrial waste into the waters, while ignoring the growth of untreated raw sewage washing into the lakes as populations along the industrial Great Lakes grew, but systems to handle such growth never kept pace. Our society actually began feeling the impacts starting in the late 1920's, not even a decade after the industrial dumping began, with health studies being launched across the Great Lakes states to examine impacts caused by pollution. Pollution and contaminant studies began along the Buffalo River in 1936. Before then, studies on the growing swarms of caddis flies and their serious health impacts on the lake side communities began in 1928 (conducted by an allergist from Buffalo, NY, Dr. Samuel Parlato), as changes to the freshwater ecosystems were dramatic with negative impacts across our communities and livelihoods.

Stan Spisiak tirelessly worked to expose the truly criminal actions committed by our own governments, including the complicity of the US Army Corps of Engineers in the dredging and dumping of toxic sludge from river ports into the open waters of the Great Lakes - a practice that spanned from the early 1920's through 1967, until the Great Lakes Protection Act of 1968 (the predecessor to the 1972 Clean Water Act) banned the dumping of toxic spoilage into the open waters, while also prohibiting the flushing of raw sewage into the waters as well. Those of us who have been around long enough know that Lake Erie was declared "dead" in 1970, due to industrial pollution, heavy nutrient loading from improper wastewater systems and resulting algae blooms, and a belief that it was impossible to pollution such vast waters. The folly of man is dangerous and destructive, indeed.

According to the EPA, 362 different chemical contaminants are present in the Great lakes, with only about a third of these having been evaluated for their effects on wildlife and human health. Of these contaminants, 11 were identified by the IJC, under the Great Lakes Water Quality agreement between the US and Canada, as "critical pollutants" requiring immediate attention to correct and eliminate. These contaminants include polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), DDT, dieldrin, toxaphene, mirex, mercury, benzo[a]pyrene, hexachlorobenzene, furans, dioxins, and alkylated lead. These substance are still on the lake bed of ALL the Great Lakes, but due to the natural conditions of Lake Erie, only this lake has seen the contaminants cut off from the food chain via a sand cap (due to the shallow nature of the lake itself). Indeed, the contaminants known may be small in amount in the lakes, even difficult to measure, according to articles contained in the United States Library of Medicine, hosted by NIH, but can and do biomagnify, or becomes more concentrated, as contaminants move up the food chain from phyto and zoo plankton, on up. The newly discovered polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are also wide spread across the lake bottom, severe carcinogens once thought harmless, and are commonly used in making paints and dyes, pizza boxes, stain removers, certain plastic products and fire fighting substances known as AFFF, or Aqueous Film Forming Foam - a substance now the subject of a massive firefighter's lawsuit. These are the same chemicals, by the way, that shut down the Village of Mayville's Water supply before Christmas of 2020, and forced the Village to dig a new artesian well for the Village water supply!

Constructing a useless wind factory, which will never deliver any electricity to the industrial grid, and re-exposing the toxic sediments to once again harm our friends and family, our parents and children alike, is perhaps the worst idea ever dreamt up. But it gets even worse. Since the early 1990's, Marine Science has learned how dangerous low frequency noise, also known as infrasound, can be to all aquatic life. Discovered quite by accident in the early 1990s when the US Navy began testing their new low frequency active sonar used to detect modern stealth submarines, observed and later confirmed impacts to marine mammals that were hit by this noise was devastating. Right whales and Pilot whales lost their ability to navigate, beaching themselves, beaked whales would suddenly stop singing and feeding with researchers believing the noise sounded like their top predator, Orca. Additional discoveries concerning impacts to fishes and invertebrates were discovered during studies of an Offshore Wind Factory in the North Atlantic, a study conducted in 2006, with impacts to fishes varying depending upon their anatomy. With life in the lake directly responsible for the health of the waters, and vice versa, any displacement of fish from their spawning areas, their feeding areas and their places for escape were noted as very troubling. In fact, the smaller 1.5 MW turbines created a displacement radial zone while operational measured at nearly 3 miles from each spinning turbine. Additional studies on impacts of infrasound without spatial escape showed that even after the noise was eliminated, fish exhibited the impacts for up to 2 weeks post stimuli removal.

The science of aquatic bioacoustics is very clear. These facts alone more that justify and warrant Senator's Borrello's permanent moratorium on freshwater offshore Industrial Wind development, and this truly should come with unanimous bipartisan support. In fact, these conditions spurred Ontario, Canada to implement a moratorium on Industrial Wind development in the Great Lakes in 2011, and just this past Earth Day 2021, the Ontario Environmental Minister Yurek firmly reiterated the extension of this 10-year prohibition, stating we now know how dangerous and polluting these wind turbines are to the wildlife, the people, the lands and the water. Canada has also now taken aim at the Ice Breaker Project in Ohio, citing the fact that over 40 million people live in the Great Lakes basin, and 11 million Canadians ALONE depend upon just Lake Erie for their drinking water. We also understand that the Great Lakes sportfishing and boating industries support over 56,000 jobs across the US and Canada, great paying jobs that actually give back to protecting the lakes from the industrial folly of the past, and help continue the clean up of our terrible legacy, which is ongoing.

The simple fact about wind energy is this - it is an unsuitable fuel for an industrial grid power plant. It is unreliable, unpredictable and cannot deliver what a power plant does - make electricity 24/7. The science that makes the industrial grid possible is what these ignorant and emotionally manipulated supporters continue to deny. The fact that we have many options that will work, such as expansion of the Niagara Power Project, where space exists to add 2 additional turbines, the existence of 7,000 unpowered dams across NY that could easily be converted to deliver grid-friendly emissions free power, development of Thorium reactors and expanded use of particulate free, clean burning natural gas, makes the notion of wind turbines in our waters of life even more foolish, and quite frankly the penultimate injustice and stupidity we have yet seen from mankind. The fact that marinized wind factories cost more than 5 times the cost of terrestrial wind factories, while performing just as poorly makes all of us question exactly where these greedy and dangerous idiots went to school and what planet they originally called home!

As a well-known and closely listened to conservationist here in NY, with more peer-presented recognition awards for my works in protecting and conserving our natural resources, including the Great Lakes, awards that even came from the United States Congress for my works and dedication, I can state with expert authority that your actions today rise to the level of wisdom our forefathers looked for in protecting and perpetuating our wild treasures forever. I therefore urge all NYers to write letters of support urging their representatives in both the Assembly and State Senate support and vote in favor of this important life-saving, resource protecting bill. Supporting this bill and assuring its speedy, veto-proof passage is the very essence of what your job entails!


Rich Davenport 
Recording Secretary - Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs 
Secretary - WNY Environmental Federation 
Region 9 Director - New York State Conservation Council 
Erie County Fisheries Advisory Board

Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1253773/

https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/about/media/chemical-pollution-great-lakes.html

http://michiganintheworld.history.lsa.umich.edu/environmentalism/exhibits/show/main_exhibit/pollution_politics/great-lakes-pollution

https://www.wind-watch.org/documents/low-frequency-noise-and-infrasound/

https://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater/exhibition/3_1.html

https://tethys.pnnl.gov/sites/default/files/publications/Effects_of_offshore_wind_farm_noise_on_marine-mammals_and_fish-1-.pdf

https://www.ahukini.net/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26515307/

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