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CLAYTON — The town board is preparing a letter to voice support for Cape Vincent’s home rule and to express Clayton’s concerns regarding BP’s proposed 124-wind turbine project’s potential visual impacts

Officials said the letter will be drafted with the help of a consultant and could be approved as soon as the next Town Council meeting for submission to the state Public Service Commission.

“We’re not supporting turbines that would be visible from the river,” town Supervisor Justin A. Taylor said.

At the council’s June 26 meeting, Cape Vincent Wind Project manager Richard Chandler told Clayton officials the company was looking to erect 495-foot-tall wind turbines, which would be visible from the St. Lawrence River.

The wind developer is following a state Article X process, which expedites the permitting process and allows a state siting board to overrule what it deems unreasonable local laws.

BP plans to conduct visual impact studies from several locations for its pending project application and asked local officials for suggestions as to where these studies should be conducted in Clayton.

The developer plans to submit its application to the state siting board this fall and expects a ruling to be made next summer or fall.

Clayton’s Town Council next meets July 24.

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