Orthodox Monks Fight Wind Project
The towns of Warren and Stark, Herkimer County, and the New York Public Service Commission approved a wind project a mile away from the Russian Orthodox monastery in Jordanville last year after an 18-month state environmental quality review, according to the Albany Times Union on January 6, but that has not stopped the progress of the monks' opposition to the project. In January, the Preservation League of New York State named the monastery as one of seven historic sites in need of protection. Their president Jay DiLorenzo called it of "extraordinary historic, religious and cultural significance, but currently threatened." The 49 wind turbans, which would be located about 85 miles west of Albany in Jordanville, would generate power for up to 60,000 homes. The Russian-speaking monks fear that the wind farm would disturb the contemplative religious life at their 80-year old monastery.