Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Staten Island's Land Conservation Organization
1975-2022 Celebrating 47 years of keeping Staten Island Green
RECENT COMMENTS FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT to harness wind energy off the eastern seaboard come with a promise of cleaner, greener days ahead for Staten Island. It is said that manufacturing wind turbine components on Staten Island will offer “green infrastructure” jobs, opportunities for local construction trades and the tertiary economic benefits of a local, unionized workforce. Developing these newer technologies here on Staten Island is being hailed as a cause for celebration. Arthur Kill Terminal, the project developed by Atlantic Offshore Terminal, is moving forward seemingly unopposed.
However, since Protectors of Pine Oak Woods has been driven for nearly fifty years by our mission to preserve open space, we are obligated to consider the ecological ramifications of each proposal with objectivity. So too, as with so many other seemingly beneficial proposals, Protectors must address a number of concerns which arise from the construction of offshore wind turbines.