Gore Mountain wind tower project still being developed

NORTH CREEK - Adirondack Park Agency officials say they could see an application from developers who are planning a commercial wind farm in the central Adirondacks sometime in the next few months.

But the companies behind the project say they still have more work to do before they seek approval from the park agency.

At the APA's Feb. 12 meeting, Regulatory Programs director Mark Sengenberger said Adirondack Wind Partners and the Barton Group are moving closer to submitting a permit application for a wind farm on the north side of Gore Mountain.

"We have had discussion with representatives of Barton Mines," he said. "We do anticipate getting their commercial wind tower project sometime this spring."

In 2005, the Barton Group proposed a 10-turbine wind park on 1700 acres in the corridor between Gore and Pete Gay Mountains near the Town of Johnsburg.

Project manager James McAndrew said Friday that although a number of important studies wrapped up in Jan., the group is not yet ready to move ahead with the application process.

"We completed some of the visual analysis field work," he said. "So, with some of those studies done, we're working on collecting the rest of the information we need for an APA application, but we're not sure when that will be done at this point."

McAndrew says his organization completed two studies that were integral aspects of the application process - a visual analysis and a bird and bat radar study.

The bird and bat radar study

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establishes whether any migratory patterns exist at the height of the wind turbines and also counts the number of birds that fly through the area.

The study is performed over two seasons - spring and fall - and afterward is compared to the normal migration patterns to see if anything stands out.

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