Monday, August 5, 2013

Chris Churchill is a journalist for the Albany Times Union, which is the major paper in the state capital. He writes a column called “The Advocate” that focuses on stories of regular people who aren’t getting a fair shake from contractors, companies, government agencies and the like.

Last week he devoted his Sunday column to our fight to save our farm and to get RG&E and its parent company, Iberdrola, to work with us. It’s a terrific piece that you can read here, but let me give you a few excerpts.

“The Krenzers aren't battling against the usual farm problems. It isn't the economy, competition or weather that worry them. Their problem is the Spanish company Iberdrola and a state regulatory process that treats land owners as an afterthought.”

“Here's the situation: Iberdrola wants to build a massive substation and more on the Krenzers' land in Chili, near Rochester, and the company spent 19 months winning the legal right to do so. But the Krensers say neither Iberdrola nor the state detailed the plan to them, even though it will involve acquiring family land by eminent domain.”

“`They're about to take their property,’ said David Dunning, the Chili supervisor, `and nobody bothered to tell them what they're doing or how they're going to do it. It reeks.’"

As Mr. Churchill notes, this isn’t a NIMBY situation. We know our area needs more reliability electricity and understand why the project is needed. We just think it can be done in a way that doesn’t devastate our family farm.

Here’s one last point from Mr. Churchill:

“I've reviewed many of the documents filed with the PSC by Iberdrola, and I'll say this: The company offers little in the way of proof that it actually met with the Krenzers. There are no meeting notes or minutes, for example, and it's shocking how rarely the family is even mentioned in the thousands of pages of filings.”

Mr. Churchill and the Times Union have done their readers a service by telling our story.  We hope the New York State Public Service Commission is listening.

Note: if you’re on Twitter, follow us at @savekrenzerfarm. While you’re at it, follow Chris Churchill at @chris_churchill.

And feel free to write the PSC Commissioners at:

New York State Department of Public Service
3 Empire State Plaza
Albany, New York 12223-1350

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