On Oct. 23, Cape Vincent and Lyme town officials held a public meeting with BP concerning BPs proposed industrial wind complex for Cape Vincent. Officials expressed aggravation with BPs proposal and that BP had no intention of abiding by Cape Vincents restrictive wind zoning criteria. Cape Vincent officials indicated our wind zoning is not negotiable. They should re-examine their claim.
BPs project manager Richard Chandler didnt flinch. He knows despite their bravado they dont grasp the irony that they already are in negotiations with BP by their willingness to participate in the states Article X power plant siting process. The letters from the town and its supporters pleading to the Public Service Commission to deny BPs development, and uphold our law are evidence this is already a negotiation with BP through third-party arbitration. Otherwise there would be no purpose to these letters. Virtually every letter is pleading to deny BPs proposal instead of indicating we will aggressively defend our law. That is negotiation, not defense, and implies there is no will to defend our law. It is a dangerous contrary message.
Cape officials and their supporters fail to grasp they essentially dont have a law to defend. They gave it away to the state to defend under BPs significant influence and are now desperately pleading with the state to defend what they should have aggressively defended themselves. The law in this process was nothing more than a detailed dissertation of industrial wind concerns in our community. The town allowed the state, influenced by negotiations with BP, to determine the final law. So you either aggressively defend your law or you dont, or instead hand it over to political third-party arbitration, with BP having significant influence over its fate,contrary to your intent of no negotiation. We get inadvertently caught up in the states subtle game, and BPs Chandler knows it. He only needs to structure his approach so we remain in the game under the delusion we are standing tough and influencing the outcome.
The opposition must recognize as the town proceeds under Article X, pleading with the PSC, they are actually negotiating our law away with BP already. The only way to defend our law and make it non-negotiable is to deny the Article X process in our communities and stop desperately pleading like victims for our laws defense, but take measures to defend it ourselves.