The 396-foot-high industrial Wind Turbine (IWT) being built by Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority in Union Beach is precedent-setting. The debate between wind industry and independent experts over whether alleged benefits outweigh the suspected risks and harms needs to be conducted before the NJ Senate and Assembly to be established. Currently, the preponderance of information reaching legislators and local governing bodies as well as turbine project sponsors such as the BRSA Commission and Chairman Colligas is generated by wind industry lobbyists. Consequently, absent any written or verbal guarantees of liability and accountability being offered by the BRSA and the wind industry, to substantiate their claims that no negative impacts exist or assuring that projected environmental benefits and financial savings the Authority claims will be realized and eventually passed along to rate payers; serious doubts, based on sound scientific, non-industry, independent research, persist.
In view of these doubts and discrepancies, we believe it’s fair to expect any reasonable person to concede that until these doubts are resolved via expert debate and codified by legislators, the only responsible action, where the health, safety, and welfare of the public are involved, is to invoke the “precautionary principle” i.e. “if we must err; let us err on the side of caution”. Accordingly; turbines should not be built unless and until guarantees are provided that will protect the good people of Union Beach, the Bayshore and the entire State of New Jersey. To that end we urge support of Senate and Assembly Turbine Setback Bills S2374 and A3473.
John M. Curran III
Hazlet Area Quality of Life Alliance