Adirondack Council says things are getting better

Annual ‘State of the Park’ released

The State of the Park 2011 Report by the Adirondack Council.

The State of the Park 2011 Report by the Adirondack Council.

— The report also gives a “thumbs down” to all three levels of state government when it comes to a law for guiding permitting for new electric power plants that specifically prohibits the APA from conducting formal reviews of the projects for facilties producing 25 megawatts of power or more.

“The big concern is whether the APA will have a say over these plants,” Sheehan said. “We are worried that the park will not be represented in any permitting and development process. You have a major power line that is coming through the Adirondacks, two major wind projects and a small-scale biomass plant that could be coming down at some point. We hope that the APA will have some level of participation other than as Joe Citizen.”

Overall, the report gives over 55 thumbs up and about 20 thumbs down in areas such as federal government, state government, DEC, APA, judiciary and local government.

Sheehan said that there is little mention of one of the biggest topics in the park, the Adirondack Club and Resort in Tupper Lake because they base their report on finalized decisions in those areas.

“The main thing is that we thought the hearings about ACR had been refereed very fairly,” Sheehan said. “We were able to express our concerns, and the developer was able to get his points across.”

A digital copy of the “State of the Park” 2011 report by the Adirondack Council can be found online at www.adirondackcouncil.org.

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